Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored

By Mary Gabriel

She was once the 1st lady to deal with the U.S. Congress, the 1st to function a brokerage enterprise on Wall road, and the 1st to run for president. She's the girl Gloria Steinem referred to as "the so much debatable suffragist of them all." during this widely researched biography, journalist Mary Gabriel has written a accomplished account of 1 of yank history's most unique and interesting girls, who, in an period of Victorian morality, was once the loudest and such a lot radical voice for women's equality. "One of the main arguable American ladies of the past due 19th century springs to lifestyles during this learn that leaves no stone unturned."--Publishers Weekly; "Deftly written biography . . . of a hell-raising visionary."--Mirabella; "A meaty slice of feminist heritage peppered with Victorian drama."--Civilization; "Remarkable . . . warrants a place on each severe American heritage student's bookshelf."--Kirkus studies, pointer.

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At the evening of June 24, Victoria used to be visited at her domestic by way of Plymouth Church’s founder, Henry Bowen, and his sons; a Plymouth Church investor, H. B. Claflin; and a stenographer. They got here ostensibly to hunt Victoria’s assist in proving a case opposed to Beecher. The twisted common sense that introduced the gang to her door used to be no longer misplaced on Victoria, but when she may well achieve whatever from the assembly, she was once able to pay attention. She had together with her advocates, pass judgement on Reymart and George Ellery. The Plymouth Church crew sought after Victoria to show over to them any records she possessed in reference to the “Beecher Scandal. ” They acknowledged they desired to vindicate Bowen, who were maligned through Beecher and Tilton about the case. They argued that it used to be most sensible for all involved that the files in Victoria’s ownership take delivery of to them “so that they could take such motion as they deemed most sensible. ” Victoria became to them and acknowledged that she was once vulnerable to offer them what she had yet that she had suffered loads already by the hands of Plymouth Church, she didn't understand whom to belief. till Bowen and Claflin proved that they weren't in league with Beecher to safe any facts she may have opposed to him, she might withhold the documents—unless, in fact, she could count on anything in go back for facts of the scandal. If she escaped punishment within the obscenity case, she stated, she might inform all of them she knew of Beecher and Tilton and likewise flip over to them any documentary proof she had. yet she emphatically declined to renounce any facts until eventually the trial was once over. If there has been any doubt that the Plymouth Church forces have been pulling the strings in the back of the obscenity trial, the times following the June 24 assembly dispelled it: following the assembly, the obscenity case by some means miraculously went away. On June 26, jury choice was once accomplished and choose Blatchford ordered the prosecution, opposed to its will, to continue. Mr. Purdy started the prosecution’s beginning assertion yet used to be interrupted time and again via a protection attorney, Mr. Brooke, whose each objection used to be upheld via the court docket. annoyed in his attempt, Mr. Purdy ended his starting assertion in under 5 mins and the court docket adjourned until eventually the subsequent morning. day after today the court was once packed. Victoria seemed weary and purely just a little relieved of the stifling warmth after removal her hat. Anthony Comstock used to be one of the first witnesses. sooner than being sworn in, he used the chance to elucidate some degree of specific displeasure to himself: he acknowledged his identify used to be Anthony Comstock, now not Anthony J. Comstock, because the files of the courtroom and the newspapers had revealed, and he sought after it notably understood that J. was once by no means a part of his sturdy identify. that time cleared, he proceeded to testify. After simply prosecution inquiries to Comstock, the safety attorney Brooke all started a barrage of objections, all of which pass judgement on Blatchford upheld. It was once ordinary for the prosecution to be shot down so continually in its wondering and it left Mr. Purdy rubbing the left facet of his head as he thought of what method may be appropriate to the bench.

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