No Taxation Without Representation
Lucy Stone, New Jersey 1858
Abby & Julia Smith, Conn. 1869-1876
Dr. Clemence Lozier, New York, 1873
Abby Kelley Foster, Mass. 1872-1879
Great thread. Though true also that in 19th cent we moved away from a conception of voting rights based on taxation, to one based on (usually white, always male) citizenship, right? Thinking of NJ before 1807, when property-owning (therefore taxpaying) women could vote— Jennifer Schuessler (@jennyschuessler) April 16, 2020
@jennyschuessler Kerber would say yes. In the Revolutionary era, taxation and representation were so twinned that John Adams thought poor people were ripe for manipulation. ("Too poor to have a will of their own.") She says by the 1840s most states had moved to universal white male suffrage.
Post-13th/14th/15th Amendments, the explicit debate about whether women were citizens surely motivated some of these women. Lucy Stone was ahead of her time, but the other feminist tax resisters are around the period of the New Departure civil disobedience strategy.