During the 1800s, many American women wrote in favor of “one family, one vote,” and against the antics of Susan B. Anthony & co. against civil war efforts (pretenses at nursing, etc.). Anthony finally left her badgering of the Party of Lincoln behind to travel with the racist Democrat, George Train, and to refuse any speech against lynchings.
That phrase rings of civil war, war between the states, or war between the family in this present time (imho). Would bring families together, or bring us to the first sentence. As in the time of our history of the 1860s life is intense.