Buffalo: H. L. Green, 1891. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding with gilt to front board; all edges stained red. Only the slightest hints of shelfwear to extremities and some gentle rubbing to the rear board. Internally clean and tight, without the usual foxing of American imprints from this period. An important and scarce work on intersectional activism, which is the only copy on the market and has never appeared at auction.
Colman's life-work was a rare intersectional activism, at a time when abolitionists and woman suffragists were beginning to split into separate factions in their pursuit of equality. Dedicated to "the immediate emancipation of the slave," she was likewise dogged in her pursuit of "the equal rights of her own sex with man." Beginning her career as a teacher, Colman firmly believed in providing equal access to education across race and gender; and in 1854, at Susan B. Anthony's urging, she began to speak on behalf of the cause. In addition to arguing against corporal punishment in schools, she advocated equal pay for male and female teachers, and she pushed for desegregation. Working alongside Angelina Grimke, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass, she drafted resolutions in support of the Emancipation Proclamation at the same time as campaigning with Susan B. Anthony for the vote. Reminiscences is Colman's autobiography, documenting firsthand her experiences not only fighting alongside these American luminaries, but also capturing the deeply personal impact activism had on her sense of self. From a childhood "trying to find answers to these puzzling questions [about slavery]" to a womanhood renouncing Christianity for its support of slavery and inequity, Colman makes it clear that race and gender are identity categories and causes that cannot be disentangled. An exceptionally important work by a leading intersectional activist. Near Fine (Item #2530)