The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 and its Far Reaching Effects

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"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled." (DOS) In 1848, a convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York promoting the rights of women. Believing they were subject to 'a long train of abuses and usurpations,' hundreds of women gathered to hear Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the founding suffragettes, read the Declaration of Sentiments. Modeled after the United State's Declaration of Independence, Stanton and other influential suffragettes constructed 'Sentiments' to announce their intentions to 'demand the equal station to which they were entitled.' (DOS) In 1848, a convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York promoting the rights of women. Believing they were subject to 'a long train of abuses and usurpations,' hundreds of women gathered to hear Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the founding suffragettes, read the Declaration of Sentiments. Modeled after the United State's Declaration of Independence, Stanton and other influential suffragettes constructed 'Sentiments' to announce their intentions to 'demand the equal station to which they were entitled.' (DOS) Their initial goal of equality has spiraled into a movement we now call feminism. "Sentiments" happened to be a very detailed document, in which women wanted merely one thing: enfranchisement. What is enfranchisement? Merri... ... middle of paper ... ...her used or taken advantage of, but is protected, honored, and loved for who she is, not what she does. When Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her fellow women gathered in 1848 to declare their rights as women, they had no idea how vastly the world would change because of it. Works Cited Allen, Michael and Schweikart, Larry. A Patriot's History of the United States. New York: Sentinel, 2004. Print. DOS. Declaration of Sentiments, nwhm.org, 1848. Web November 19, 2013. GoodReads.com. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. GoodReads, 2013. Web Nov. 19, 2013 johndclare.net. Arguments against Women's Suffrage: Votes for Women. Johndclare.net, 1988. Web Nov. 19, 2013 m-w.com. "Enfranchisement." merriamwebster.com. 2013. Web Nov. 19, 2013 Sister Suffragette. "Sister Suffragette." disney.wikia.com, n.d. Web, Nov. 19, 2013.

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