Title

1846 Petition for Woman's Suffrage, New York State Constitutional Convention

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1997

Abstract

Recently, historians have begun to dismantle the notion that only by the Seneca Falls meeting did American women assert political goals or identities. The petition reprinted in this article establishes that Seneca Falls did not burst full-grown upon the scene and that the demand for suffrage found its roots in movements such as abolition and also in "a long debate about republican ideals and about the essential meaning of the Declaration of Independence."

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