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Women Petition Against Slavery

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Antislavery Petitions from Women,...
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Antislavery Petitions from Women, 1835–1849

These antislavery memorials are representative of the vast number of petitions sent by women to Congress. They urged Congress to end the slave trade and slavery in Washington, D.C., and not to admit new slave states into the Union. Signers included African American abolitionists Sarah Douglass and Charlotte Forten and women’s rights advocates Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth McClintock.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives and Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration