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Women Petition Against Slavery

Lacking the right to vote in national elections, women sought to influence Congress through their constitutional right to petition. Congress received hundreds of thousands of petitions from women that addressed all aspects of the antislavery issue, including the slave trade, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, expansion of slavery in the territories, and slavery in the nation’s capital. Many of the petitioners framed their arguments in moral and religious terms.

8 Images Antislavery Petitions from Women, 1835–1849 View All Images
1 Image A Slave Coffle Passing the Capitol View All Images