Abolitionist roots

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Abolitionist roots

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Anti-Blackness shaped the suffrage movement from very early on. Over and over, white women appealed to racism to argue for the vote: how awful it is, they said, that black men can vote and white women cannot. But it didn't start out that way. Thread.

Women’s political organizing began in the 1830s with female anti-slavery societies (see Aug 28, Sept 23&29). After Seneca Falls (Sept 19-25), a movement for women’s rights - not just voting - took shape. It grew through the 1850s, alongside the accelerating demand to end slavery.

During the war, activists suspended the question of women’s distinct rights to focus all of their resources on ending slavery. After the war, the overlapping luminaries of abolition & women’s rights created the American Equal Rights Association. AERA focused on voting as primary.

AERA sought the vote for all women and all Black people. Founders included Frederick Douglass, Lucretia Mott, ElizCadyStanton, Susan B Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone & Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. It lasted 3 years before a bitter split. Tomorrow: The Split. #Suffrage100 

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Daily Suffragist

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17/10/2019

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Daily Suffragist, “Abolitionist roots,” Daily Suffragist, accessed October 25, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/128.

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