Woman and the Divine Republic

By: Leo E. Miller

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Printed Book




United States




Printed on Paper


7.9 × 5.4 × 0.9 in. (20 × 13.7 × 2.3 cm)

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Not on View

Leo Miller, a New York spiritualist and suffragist, argues in Woman and the Divine Republic that granting women the right to vote would help usher in the millennial kingdom described in Revelation 20. The women’s rights movement had gathered momentum in the mid-nineteenth century under the leadership of figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Miller evaluates the movement, focusing on the key issue of voting rights and “its moral bearings and relations.” In his assessment, if given political power, women would transform society into something worthy of the name “divine republic.” As he concluded, referencing Ephesians 6:17, “commissioned by the great Messiah, and clothed in the armor of affection, she will go forth to conquer the world with the sword of the spirit.”

Printed in 1874 by Haas & Nauert, Buffalo, New York; Acquired by Leo Miller, New York; Gifted to Emma G. Spooner, unknown owner.[1] Purchased by 2017 by Rebecca Dodson, private collector, Tennessee; Purchased in 2019 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Leo Miller inscribed a note to Emma G. Spooner on the front free endpaper that reads, “With the friendly regards of the Author.” Spooner’s identity and her relation to Miller is not clear at this time.

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