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Alfred von Tabouillot, and from this time on her life took on
a more sombre aspect. The marriage proved very unhappy, and
after a year she was granted a divorce. By her eloquent plea
she succeeded in keeping the custody of her infant daughter.
She became widely known during her divorce proceedings by means
of articles in the Konische Zeitung, which aroused the sym-
pathy of the public. It was at this time, 1837, that she be-
came conscious of the degrading social status of women, and
began to work for their enfranchisement. she was the first
public advocate of women's rights in Germany, with a gift of
oratory seldom surpassed. Her book, "Women in Conflict with
Social Conditions," won for her a national reputation, and re-
sulted in changes in the laws relating to marriage and divorce.
Thus her home in Koln became the meeting-place of many of
Germany's greatest men of letters and radical leaders. Among
these she met Fritz Anneke, a Prussian officer who had been
forced to resign because of radical activities. He was at-
tracted by her beauty and charm as well as by her ardor for
freedom. They married in 1847 and joined the German revolution-
ist in their struggle for constitutional rights. Anneke be-
came a powerful leader and when he was imprisoned because of
his incendiary articles, she continued the publication of his
journal, the Neue Kolnische Zeitung, in her own home. The
paper was suppressed, but she then started publication of the
Frauezeitung (Woman's Journal), the first woman's rights peri-
Upon his acquittal Anneke joined the People's Party as

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