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''from Mae Silver's "[[The Sixth Star|The Sixth Star]]" ''
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''by Mae Silver, excerpted from [[The Sixth Star|The Sixth Star]]''
  
 
[[Image:Champions.jpg]]
 
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''Photo: San Francisco Chronicle''
  
 
''These unflattering pictures of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (similar to criminal wanted posters) on their one and only trip together to San Francisco in 1871, showed the Chronicle’s early anti-suffrage position. While labeled champions of suffrage, they were also called female agitators. Hurt and disappointed at the poor response from her first speech in the city, Susan B. Anthony cancelled the rest of her city speeches. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, however, had the city eating out of her hand. In those early times, even a charismatic orator like Mrs. Stanton could not convince the Chronicle that suffrage was a matter that all citizens, even women, aspired to and needed.''
 
''These unflattering pictures of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (similar to criminal wanted posters) on their one and only trip together to San Francisco in 1871, showed the Chronicle’s early anti-suffrage position. While labeled champions of suffrage, they were also called female agitators. Hurt and disappointed at the poor response from her first speech in the city, Susan B. Anthony cancelled the rest of her city speeches. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, however, had the city eating out of her hand. In those early times, even a charismatic orator like Mrs. Stanton could not convince the Chronicle that suffrage was a matter that all citizens, even women, aspired to and needed.''
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(From the ''San Francisco Chronicle'', Feb. 4, 1870)
 
(From the ''San Francisco Chronicle'', Feb. 4, 1870)
  
Fiddle faddle! What’s the use?
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Fiddle faddle! What’s the use?<br>
  You can’t make her a man;   
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You can’t make her a man;<br>  
The great Creator fashioned her
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The great Creator fashioned her<br>
  On quite another plan.
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On quite another plan.<br>
Man’s joints are strong and firmly knit,
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Man’s joints are strong and firmly knit,<br>
  His thews and sinews tough;
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His thews and sinews tough;<br>
But woman is of daintier mould,
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But woman is of daintier mould,<br>
  And formed of finer stuff.  
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And formed of finer stuff.<br><br>
  
Men are the prose—the timber half
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Men are the prose—the timber half<br>
  Of this sad world of ours,
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Of this sad world of ours,<br>
And women are the poetry
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And women are the poetry<br>
The sweet fern and the flowers.
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The sweet fern and the flowers.<br>
Throughout the blessed Book this thought
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Throughout the blessed Book this thought<br>
Runs beautifully and clear,
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Runs beautifully and clear,<br>
That woman lives to sanctify,
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That woman lives to sanctify,<br>
To grace and to endear.
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To grace and to endear.<br><br>
  
Don’t let her, then; be smirched and soiled
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Don’t let her, then; be smirched and soiled<br>
  By mingling in the fray,
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By mingling in the fray,<br>
But keep her free from grosser acts
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But keep her free from grosser acts<br>
  To win her own sweet way.  
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To win her own sweet way.<br>
Let purity remain her shield,
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Let purity remain her shield,<br>
  Without a blot or stain,
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Without a blot or stain,<br>
To guard her mental bloom from taint
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To guard her mental bloom from taint<br>
  Or touch of hand profane.  
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Or touch of hand profane. <br><br>
  
Forbid it, Heaven. Forbid it, Fate!
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Forbid it, Heaven. Forbid it, Fate!<br>
  Forbid it, men of sense,
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Forbid it, men of sense,<br>
That she herself should aid the plot
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That she herself should aid the plot<br>
  To shame her own defense.
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To shame her own defense.<br>
She is all glorious as she is—
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She is all glorious as she is—<br>
  Why should the fretting few
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Why should the fretting few<br>
Conspire to banish from her soul
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Conspire to banish from her soul<br>
  The fragrance and the dew?
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The fragrance and the dew?<br><br>
  
Why take away her chiefest charm—
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Why take away her chiefest charm—<br>
  The crown that’s hers by right,
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The crown that’s hers by right,<br>
The quiet influence that compels
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The quiet influence that compels<br>
  Proud man to her own right?
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Proud man to her own right?<br>
She knows her power—why can’t the sex
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She knows her power—why can’t the sex<br>
  Remain contented, then,
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Remain contented, then,<br>
To rule us in the good old way?
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To rule us in the good old way?<br>
Lord love us all—Amen!
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Lord love us all—Amen!<br><br>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:59, 12 June 2014

Unfinished History

by Mae Silver, excerpted from The Sixth Star

Champions.jpg

Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

These unflattering pictures of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (similar to criminal wanted posters) on their one and only trip together to San Francisco in 1871, showed the Chronicle’s early anti-suffrage position. While labeled champions of suffrage, they were also called female agitators. Hurt and disappointed at the poor response from her first speech in the city, Susan B. Anthony cancelled the rest of her city speeches. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, however, had the city eating out of her hand. In those early times, even a charismatic orator like Mrs. Stanton could not convince the Chronicle that suffrage was a matter that all citizens, even women, aspired to and needed.


Woman Suffrage (From the San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 4, 1870)

Fiddle faddle! What’s the use?
You can’t make her a man;
The great Creator fashioned her
On quite another plan.
Man’s joints are strong and firmly knit,
His thews and sinews tough;
But woman is of daintier mould,
And formed of finer stuff.

Men are the prose—the timber half
Of this sad world of ours,
And women are the poetry
The sweet fern and the flowers.
Throughout the blessed Book this thought
Runs beautifully and clear,
That woman lives to sanctify,
To grace and to endear.

Don’t let her, then; be smirched and soiled
By mingling in the fray,
But keep her free from grosser acts
To win her own sweet way.
Let purity remain her shield,
Without a blot or stain,
To guard her mental bloom from taint
Or touch of hand profane.

Forbid it, Heaven. Forbid it, Fate!
Forbid it, men of sense,
That she herself should aid the plot
To shame her own defense.
She is all glorious as she is—
Why should the fretting few
Conspire to banish from her soul
The fragrance and the dew?

Why take away her chiefest charm—
The crown that’s hers by right,
The quiet influence that compels
Proud man to her own right?
She knows her power—why can’t the sex
Remain contented, then,
To rule us in the good old way?
Lord love us all—Amen!

Chron6page.jpg

Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

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