Abolition and Women’s Rights
Suffrage - the right to vote in political
Abolitionists Protest Slavery
• By 1804 most Northern
States had abolished
• By 1807 Congress Banned
the importation of Slaves
• Abolitionists (people who
worked to end slavery)
called for a law ending
slavery in the South
where the economy
depended on slave labor
1829 – Pamphlets urging slave revolts appear in the
South. Author poisoned
1831 – White abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison
publishes abolitionist newspaper “Liberator”-Hated
1835 – Mob of slavery supporters in Boston try to
hang Garrison, saved by the mayor
1841 Pres. John Q. Adams successfully defends a
group of enslaved Africans who rebelled on slave ship
• Frederick Douglass- former Slave and
journalist who spoke publicly against slavery
• Sojourner Truth- former slave and feminist
who spoke to thousands about slavery
• Harriett Tubman- “Conductor” on the
Underground Railroad (a series of escape
routes and safe houses provided by
abolitionists). She made 19 different trips
including one to rescue her family.
Fight for Women’s rights
• Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
were leading abolitionists who suffered
gender discrimination when they attended the
World Anti-Slavery Conference in 1840.
As a result they planned a convention to discuss
equality for women
Seneca Falls Convention 1848
• Seneca Falls, NJ- World’s first convention on
the rights of women.
• Attended by more than 300, including
• Passed many “resolutions” (statements of
opinion) asserting rights for women
• Suffrage (voting rights) only passed b/c
Stanton and Douglass fought for it.
(many thought people would laugh)
Susan B. Anthony
• Susan B. Anthony built “Women’s rights” into a
“There will never be complete equality until women
themselves help make laws and elect lawmakers”-
• In 1839 Mississippi passed a law that allowed
women to keep their property and wages (before
this their husbands got it all)
• By 1865 29 states have similar laws.
She grew up Quaker and was also a temperance
(no alcohol) advocate.
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