Texas Joins the Battle
Susan B. Anthony to Mariana Folsom, June 8, 1903

Susan B. Anthony continued her work on behalf of women's suffrage from 1850, when she first decided to make it her primary cause, until her death in 1906 at the age of 86. In her later years, Anthony continued to make news. She headed up the National Woman Suffrage Association, which had as its primary goal an amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote. She continued to travel America on the lecture circuit. In 1872, she voted in the presidential election in Rochester, New York, to provoke her own arrest and trial for the crime of voting while being a woman.

In the 1890s, Anthony wrote a four-volume history of the women's suffrage movement. This letter to Mariana Folsom seems to be referring to Folsom's efforts to get Anthony's books for the high school in Austin. Anthony also refers to the disenfranchisement of African-American men that was then taking place in Texas and across the South.

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Susan B. Anthony to Mariana Folsom, 1903

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Susan B. Anthony to Mariana Folsom, June 8, 1903, Erminia Thompson Folsom Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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