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Théodore Tilton tract, "Fallen Women"

 Collection — Box: 1 [31151034443824], Folder: 3
Identifier: MS-0860
This collection consists of a tract published by Theodore Tilton in 1871 which criticizes Christian attitudes toward prostitutes. Tilton was a newspaper editor, poet, women's rights advocate and abolitionist, known for his involvement in the Tilton-Beecher scandal.


  • 1871


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Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)

Biographical / Historical

Derived from dealer description: Théodore Tilton was an abolitionist, poet, women’s rights advocate, and newspaper editor, born in New York City in 1835. He was known for his involvement in the highly publicized Tilton-Beecher scandal, wherein his wife, Elizabeth, apparently committed adultery with the Tiltons' friend and pastor of their church, Henry Ward Beecher. Following Beecher's acquittal, Tilton moved to Paris, where he eventually died in 1907.

Source: History Engine. "Scandals and Public Discourse: The Beecher/Tilton Affair in the Atlanta Constitution." Digital Scholarship Lab, The University of Richmond, 2008-2015. Accessed October 2, 2019.

Content Description

Derived from dealer description: This collection consists of a brief tract on prostitution by Theodore Tilton. The tract was distributed by his publication, The Golden Age, which began that year. The main text is approximately eight pages and describes an interaction between the speaker and a prostitute, and then argues against Christian disparagement of prostitutes. An ad for The Golden Age appears on the final page.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ian Brabner in April 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Austyn Wohlers in September 2019.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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