Campaign for Women’s Suffrage
In the mid-nineteenth century, men and women working in the abolitionist movement began to join the fight for women’s rights. On July 19, 1848, the first woman's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. The Declaration of Sentiments, along with a list of resolutions, were debated, with the most contentious issue being a woman’s right to vote. Frederick Douglass, the only African American in attendance, argued for its inclusion. One hundred of the three hundred mostly women in attendance signed the document, with the resolution remaining.
Take a look at the resolutions that were passed from the Seneca Falls Convention, using the magnifier to help you, and answer the questions below.
The Recorder. Syracuse, New York. Library of Congress
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Directions: Read Frederick Douglass’s article, which appeared in his newspaper the North Star. Utilize the magnifier to help you. Then use the annotation tool to take notes on the following questions:
- How does Douglass describe the Seneca Falls Convention? How about the caliber of speakers present?
- How does Douglass discuss the issue of slavery and racism in the context of a woman’s right to vote?
- How would you describe Douglass’s tone and style of writing?
- Focus on one section that you found particularly interesting. What questions would you ask Douglass about it?
- Why do you think Douglass published this article?
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Source: “The Rights of Women.” The North Star. Rochester, New York. July 28, 1848. Library of Congress
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