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The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age

The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age
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A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin two sisters whose radical views on sex love politics and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world Here award-winning author Myra MacPherson deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Tennie Claflin-the most fascinating and scandalous sisters in American history-were unequaled for their vastly avant-garde crusade for womens fiscal political and sexual independence They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous achieving a stunning list of firsts In 1870 they became the first women to open a brokerage firm not to be repeated for nearly a century Amid high gossip that he was Tennies lover the richest man in America fabled tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt bankrolled the sisters As beautiful as they were audacious the sisters drew a crowd of more than two thousand Wall Street bankers on opening day A half century before women could vote Victoria used her Wall Street fame to become the first woman to run for president choosing former slave Frederick Douglass as her running mate She was also the first woman to address a United States congressional committee Tennie ran for Congress and shocked the world by becoming the honorary colonel of a black regiment They were the first female publishers of a radical weekly and the first to print Karl Marxs Communist Manifesto in America As free lovers they railed against Victorian hypocrisy and exposed the alleged adultery of Henry Ward Beecher the most famous preacher in America igniting the Trial of the Century that rivaled the Civil War for media coverage Eventually banished from the womens movement while imprisoned for allegedly sending obscenity through the mail the sisters sashayed to London and married two of the ric


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