Jane Grey Swisshelm


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Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm (December 6, 1815 – July 22, 1884) was an American journalist, publisher, abolitionist, and women's rights advocate. She was active as a writer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and as a publisher and editor in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she founded a string of newspapers and regularly wrote for them.

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  • ''Let the erring sisters depart in peace; the idea of getting up a civil war to compel the weaker States to remain in the Union appears to us horrible to the last degree.''
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. article, St. Cloud Democrat (November 11, 1860).
  • ''It appears to be a matter of national pride that the President is to have more mud, and blacker mud, and filthier mud in front of his door than any other man can afford.''
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. article, St. Cloud Democrat (September 24, 1863). Report on conditions in Wash...
  • ''Dying is not difficult, yielding is impossible.''
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Crusader and Feminist: Letters of Jane Grey Swisshelm 1858-1865, p. 10, ed. Arthur...
  • ''So, instead of spending my strength quarreling with the hand, I would strike for the heart of that great tyranny.''
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, p. 102, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880). On her de...
  • ''Women should not weaken their cause by impracticable demands. Make no claim which could not be won in a reasonable time. Take one step at a time, get a good foothold in it and advance carefully.''
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, p. 143-44, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880). On wom...
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