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Congress was not ready to respond to this request, but Anthony did not give up. ” When her demands were ignored, she voted—the “crime” that got her arrested and also brought her a great deal of national recognition. In 1869 Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the National Woman Suffrage Association, which in 1890 merged with the rival American Woman Suffrage Association. Anthony served as president of the unified organization, known as the National American Woman Suffrage Association, from 1892 to 1900.
As a member of the House of Representatives from 1848 to 1853, he was known as a “free soiler,” committed to keeping the western territories free, rather than slave, states. He refused to run again in 1853, disgusted with the Whig party’s refusal to take a strong stand against the expansion of slavery. The Republican party, formed to oppose new slave territories, brought Stevens back into politics. A congressional member for the next decade, he opposed any compromise with the South. Once war broke out, he backed emancipation as a Union war aim.
The daughter of a New York City banker, Julia Ward was educated by governesses and at private schools. At the age of 21 she married Samuel Gridley Howe, a newspaper publisher and strong abolitionist. A middleaged woman when she wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Howe had established herself as a published poet and writer even before marriage. Her husband, however, was opposed to her having a public life, and the couple frequently argued. Howe continued to write poems and plays, often anonymously.