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The Split Over Suffrage

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Women's Emancipation Petition...
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Women's Emancipation Petition with circular from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, January 25, 1864

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a national advocate for women’s rights, circulated this petition in 1864, hoping to present Congress with a million signatures supporting the abolition of all slavery. President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves only in Confederate-controlled areas. Stanton reminded women that, while they could not vote, they had the constitutional right to petition.

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While slavery exists ANYWHERE there can be freedom NOWHERE. THERE MUST BE A LAW ABOLISHING SLAVERY.

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