About the Collection
With her sister, Tennessee, she published a progressive journal, Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly (1870-1876), in which she wrote an expose of the famous Brooklyn preacher Henry Ward Beecher, as well as the first English-language translation of Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto. She was involved with some of the earliest organized women's rights movements but was later alienated from them for her radical stances on most every issue under debate.
She lectured widely on women's rights, and this lecture is a stinging attack on marriage as "the most terrible curse from which humanity now suffers," "a fraud on human happiness" that has "outlived its day of usefulness." Her attack on Beecher, who had been committing adultery with a member of his congregation, was, she explained, part of this campaign: "I cast the thunderbolt into the very center of the socio-religio-moralistic camp of the enemy and struck their chieftain, and the world trembled at the blow." Married women, Woodhull concludes, are "like an elephant led by a string,ůsubordinated by a writing drawn up by just those who are most interested in holding them in slavery." Often characterized as a free-love advocate, Woodhull instead advocated a broader, more radical vision of social equality where men and women could coexist on truly equal political and economic levels.
For more information, see one of the books about Woodhull currently available, including:
" Amanda Frisken. Victoria Woodhull's Sexual Revolution: Political Theater and the Popular Press in Victorian America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. " Mary Gabriel. Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1998.
-Dr. Patrick Scott and Jeffrey Makala
Rare Books and Special Collections
Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina
Creating the Digital Collection
Laura created a home page for the collection, and Debbie created the metadata in an Excel spread sheet. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format and were uploaded as a tab delimited file at the same time as the images. Kate reviewed the collection and uploaded the images to the CONTENTdm database.
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