History has been made. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman to run as the presidential candidate of a major U.S. party. But she is not actually the first woman to run for president in the United States. That honor goes to Victoria Woodhull who ran against Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Eileen Home has a portrait of the woman jailed and called “Mrs. Satan” in The Guardian.
Her life story would not be out of place in a 19th-century novel. It is peopled by a colourful array of charlatans, churchmen, philanthropists and philanderers. It is also a classic American tale: a triumph over adversity – poverty, abusive parents, and a bad marriage – and a rise to prominence in the most vital social movements of the day.
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