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Augusta Lewis Troup
American, 1848-1920

At the age of 18, Troup became a reporter on the New York Sun, then worked as a typesetter on New York Era and the New York World. She helped Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton found The Revolution and was both a journalist and a typesetter for the publication. In 1869 she was elected president of the Women's Typographical Union, and then became the first woman to hold a national union office: corresponding secretary of the International Typographical Union. Her successful efforts to bring women typographers into full equality with men in the ITU unfortunately caused the WTU to disband in 1878.

Susan B. Anthony founded The Revolution in 1868. Volume 1, number 1, set the tone for the issues to follow. On the masthead is printed: "Principle, Not Policy: Justice, Not Favors," and in an article on woman suffrage we read: "England leads. A woman has voted in regular form and lives; and the British realm survives the shock."

Augusta Lewis Troup, The Revolution

The Revolution, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Parker Pillsbury; Susan B. Anthony, Proprietor and Manager, Vol. I, no. 1, New York, January 8, 1868.
Rare Books Division, the Miriam Y. Holden Collection on the History of Women


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