Alice Stone Blackwell: Diaries

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In 1890, second-generation suffragist Alice Stone Blackwell helped to broker a merger of the two major national women’s suffrage organizations, one of which was founded by her parents, Lucy Stone and Henry Browne Blackwell. The two organizations put aside their differences to become the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Alice took up the family business of suffrage becoming the recording secretary for NAWSA and eventually the editor of NAWSA’s weekly newspaper, the Woman’s Journal, which her parents began in 1870.

Throughout her life Blackwell wrote detailed diaries, which document her interest and work on behalf of women’s rights and other causes. Delve into her diaries, notes, and reminiscences, and learn the intimate details of her life between 1872 and 1937, including her support for women’s rights and other causes. Her 1897 diary demonstrates the personal side of her journals. In this “pleasure book,” Blackwell acknowledged positive events in her life, even small joys, such as “hot chocolate for lunch,” which she mentions several times, and instances when she “received an affectionate letter.”

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