Why did you and Mrs. Stanton travel to Kansas in 1867?
Once again, Kansas had the opportunity to make a difference for the nation. Before the Civil War, its people had battled over the choice to join the Union as a slave or free state. My two younger brothers, Daniel R. and Merrill, moved there in those pre-statehood days. Now, a year before Congress would pass the Fourteenth Amendment, the white, male voters of Kansas would vote on two separate initiatives: whether to extend the right to vote to African Americans and to women.
So, in the fall of 1867 Mrs. Stanton and I set out to cover Kansas to its borders. We loaded our wagons with barrels of apples, tins of crackers, some dried herring, and bushels of political flyers—tracts—proclaiming the urgency of voting “yes” to extend suffrage. I traveled with my brothers and Mrs. Stanton traveled with the governor.
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