Petition your government for a redress of grievances

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Petition your government for a redress of grievances

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400,000 signatures was 1.3% of the US population in 1864. The equivalent today would be 4.1 million hand-gathered Jane Hancocks.

That’s how many signatures Susan B Anthony, ElizCadyStanton and their army of 2,000 women gathered during the Civil War for a petition to end slavery.

Their goal was 1 million names; they only quit when the 13th Amdt was ratified.

The petition form 👆&👇reflects each of their strengths: Anthony’s instructions to organizers at the top; Stanton’s stirring exhortation on the back.

“Women, you cannot vote or fight for your country. Your only way to be a power in the Government is through the exercise of this, one, sacred, Constitutional “Right of Petition;” and we ask you to use it now to the utmost. Go to the rich, the poor, the high, the low, the soldier, the civilian, the white, the black--gather up the names of all who hate slavery--all who love LIBERTY, and would have it the LAW of the land--and lay them at the feet of Congress, your silent but potent vote for human freedom guarded by law.” #Suffrage100 #CenturyofStruggle

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Daily Suffragist

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19/04/2020

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Daily Suffragist, “Petition your government for a redress of grievances,” Daily Suffragist, accessed March 9, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/354.

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