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Yours for Liberty

Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway's Suffrage Newspaper

Jean M. Ward and Elaine A. Maveety

6 × 9 inches. Illus. Bibliography. Index. 320 pages.

2000. ISBN 978-0-87071-474-0. Paperback, $21.95.

"When women's true history shall have been written, her part in the upbuilding of this nation will astound the world."

—Abigail Scott Duniway

Between 1871 and 1887, Duniway, a leader in the woman suffrage movement, chronicled this "true history" in the pages of The New Northwest, one of the few newspapers in the nation devoted to woman's advancement. With its motto of "Free Speech, Free Press, Free People," Duniway's weekly reform journal aimed to expose and combat social injustice of all kinds.

Yours for Liberty, the first published volume of Duniway's writings from The New Northwest, provides a vivid portrait of this pioneering suffragist and her work. The collected essays, news reports, and editorial and travel correspondence reveal her strong, often controversial convictions. Together, the nearly three hundred selections chronicle a fascinating and turbulent era when traditional social attitudes and institutions were being challenged, both in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation.

Based in Portland, Oregon, far removed from the center of reform movements in the East, The New Northwest served as a forum for discussions of issues as varied as treatment of the Chinese, policies relating to American Indians, the rights and legal status of women, Temperance and Prohibition, and the vagaries of religion. As a suffragist editor, Duniway wrote to persuade and inform her readers. Still, The New Northwest never failed to entertain. Duniway's wit and love of adventure are evident in lively tales of attending seances, falling off stagecoaches, being egged and hung in effigy, and barnstorming the Pacific Northwest in the company of Susan B. Anthony.

In their introductory essay, Jean Ward and Elaine Maveety provide a context for Duniway's tireless fight for reform and examine her remarkable career as an editor, writer, and suffragist.

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