Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement by Sally McMillen

By Sally McMillen

In a quiet city of Seneca Falls, manhattan, over the process days in July, 1848, a small team of ladies and males, led by way of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, held a tradition that may release the woman's rights flow and alter the process background. the results of that amazing conference will be felt around the globe and certainly are nonetheless being felt at the present time. In Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Woman's Rights circulate, the newest contribution to Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments in American heritage sequence, Sally McMillen unpacks, for the 1st time, the complete importance of that innovative conference and the large adjustments it produced. The booklet covers 50 years of women's activism, from 1840-1890, targeting 4 awesome figures--Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony. McMillen tells the tales in their lives, how they got here to take in the reason for women's rights, the astounding advances they made in the course of their lifetimes, and the lasting and transformative results of the paintings they did. on the conference they asserted complete equality with males, argued for better criminal rights, higher expert and schooling possibilities, and the precise to vote--ideas thought of wildly radical on the time. certainly, on reflection on the conference years later, Anthony referred to as it "the grandest and maximum reform of all time--and destined to be hence appeared through the longer term historian." during this vigorous and warmly written learn, Sally McMillen may be the longer term historian Anthony hoped to discover. a colourful portrait of a big turning element in American women's background, and in human historical past, this publication is key studying for an individual wishing to totally comprehend the origins of the woman's rights circulate.

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Detractors forced Smith and his followers out of the region, and Mormons began a series of moves westward, seeking an earthly kingdom where they could practice their faith in peace. Smith experienced new revelations, including one in 1842 that allowed Mormons to practice polygamy. When Smith and his brother were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844, Brigham Young became the sect’s new leader. A revelation directed Young to lead Mormons across the country to the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

Cooking over an open fire or on a wood-burning stove to prepare meals for a large family was labor-intensive. Nursing sick children during a time when childhood illnesses were common and often life-threatening meant sleepless nights and days of attentive nursing. The majority of women spent much of their lives at home with their families. Few had time to ponder— much less voice concerns over—gender equality, the rights of citizenship, just laws, and female suffrage. In addition, a constant worry all Americans faced during this period was the pervasiveness of poor health and its debilitating impact on their lives.

That the world of politics was such a male enclave offered additional rationale to exclude women. Few places were as gender exclusive as the staging area for political elections. Because voting for the most part had always been a male prerogative, saloons, public halls, and even livery stables, where few women dared venture, served as polling places. Election days were rowdy, sometimes even violent. Candidates and their supporters encouraged the free flow of liquor, dispensing drinks to anyone who voted for their party.

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