Saturday, May 10, 2008

White woman, black man ran for US presidential office, 1872

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1872 Victoria Woodhull (1838 - 1927) became the first woman nominated as a candidate for President of the United States, with her running mate being the first African-American in that position.

She might not be a household word today, but in 1872, she was one of the most famous women in the United States of America, a woman a century ahead of her time. Maybe two.

American feminist reformer, snake-oil saleswoman, entertainer, reformer, clairvoyant, orator, sex symbol, sex worker, stock broker, publisher and free love advocate, Victoria Claflin Woodhull began her US presidential campaign, with black abolitionist Frederick Douglass as running mate – surely the most unusual and doomed US presidential campaign ever ...

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