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Suffrage for All

After the Civil War, many suffragists who had worked to abolish slavery hoped Congress would guarantee full civil rights for all citizens, regardless of race or sex. Instead, the Fifteenth Amendment banned discrimination on the basis of race or color, but not gender. This split the ranks of those who had previously joined forces in support of civil rights. Some suffragists accepted the urgency of protecting freedmen as a step toward universal suffrage; others felt betrayed that the cause for women was not more strongly pressed.

1 Image A Petition for Universal Suffrage, January 19, 1867 View All Images
1 Image Memorial of the American Equal Rights Association to Congress,... View All Images
1 Image The Fifteenth Amendment, lithograph with watercolor, ca. 1870-1874 View All Images
1 Image Frederick Douglass’s draft for a speech on woman suffrage at Tremont... View All Images
1 Image A Group of Philadelphia Abolitionists, offset lithograph by F.... View All Images