Lucy Stone: Assorted Biographical Papers

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Lucy Stone joins Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony as one of the most prominent leaders in the nineteenth-century women’s suffrage movement. She helped coordinate the first national American women's rights convention, held in Worcester, Massachusetts. For many years, Stone earned a living as an antislavery and women's rights lecturer. She defiantly kept her maiden name to publicly protest laws discriminatory to women, decades later inspiring other “Lucy Stoners.” When the suffrage movement splintered into two groups in 1869 over the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, Lucy Stone and her husband, Henry Browne Blackwell, formed the American Woman Suffrage Association, which competed with Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s and Susan B. Anthony’s National Woman Suffrage Association. Their only surviving child, Alice Stone Blackwell, followed in the family business of suffrage continuing to edit the popular Woman’s Journal, which her parents began in 1870. Lucy Stone actively corresponded with Susan B. Anthony, Henry Ward Beecher, William Lloyd Garrison, Sarah Moore Grimké, Julia Ward Howe, Lydia Mott, Wendell Phillips, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and various Blackwell family members, including her daughter Alice. Stone’s papers also contain many of her speeches, articles, and biographical materials.

By transcribing this assortment of biographical papers, financial papers, correspondence, and tributes, you will learn more details about Lucy Stone’s life, including some of her own childhood reminiscences, and how she was remembered by later generations.

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