Slavery and Servitude in the Colonies

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How did white women’s participation in the abolitionist movement push them to a new understanding of their own rights and oppression?

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One historical anecdote can begin to provide an answer to this question. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her husband, Henry Stanton, were both abolitionists. They attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840 on their honeymoon. Once there, however, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with Lucretia Mott, who became her lifelong friend and colleague, was barred from taking a seat at the convention. This affront was a seminal event in Stanton's life; after it, she committed her life to fighting for women's rights.

This incident illustrates a broader trend in antebellum America. Women,...

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