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The Journal of Frances E. Willard, 1855–96

West Virginia University

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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Publishing as Writing Our of My Heart: A selective edition from the journal of Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (1839 –1898). American educator, temperance reformer, and women's suffragist, Willard's influence was instrumental in the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Willard became the national president of Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), in 1879, and remained president for 19 years.  During her lifetime, Willard succeeded in raising the age of consent in many states, as well as passing labor reforms including the eight-hour work day. Her vision also encompassed prison reform, scientific temperance instruction, Christian socialism, and the global expansion of women's rights.

Complete in one volume

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Frances Willard, c. 1898. Courtesy Library of Congress.




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