The Concise History of Woman Suffrage: Selections from History of Woman Suffrage, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association

The original History of Woman Suffrage is an enormous six-volume tome. The Buhles do us a great service by handpicking selections into a more palatable 450 page book. Made up of transcriptions of speeches and declarations at conventions and addresses to Congress, it is a trove of primary source material. Some memorable bits:
* Antoinette Brown attempted to speak at the World Temperance Convention in 1853. Horace Greeley’s inane comments in the Tribune encapsulate her attempt as “This convention has completed three of its four business sessions, and the results may be summed up as follows: First Day – Crowding a woman off the platform; Second Day – Gagging her; Third Day – Voting that she shall stay gagged. Having thus disposed of the main question, we presume the incidentals will be finished this morning.”
* Susan B Anthony’s guidance on how to address a mixed audience, “It is perfectly right for a gentleman to say ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ but a lady should say ‘gentlemen and ladies.’ You mention your friend’s name before you do your own.”
* The transcript of United States of America vs Susan B. Anthony, Circuit Court, Northern District of New York, June 17-18,1873. Arrested for voting in the 1872 election, the judge did not allow the jury to decide and simply handed down a guilty verdict. When asked if the prisoner had anything to say as to why the sentence should not be pronounced, Anthony makes an eloquent and impassioned plea. The judge tries to stop her, but she continues despite being ordered to sit down. “As then the slaves who got their freedom must take it over, or under, or through the unjust forms of law, precisely so now must women, to get their right to a voice in this Government, take it; and I have taken mine, and mean to take it at every possible opportunity.” After being fined $100, Anthony announces her refusal to pay, mentioning her $10,000 debt incurred by publishing her paper to educate women to “rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison, and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the Government.” She closes with “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”