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The woman suffrage movement officially began at this meeting in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.

The woman suffrage movement officially began at this meeting in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.

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The woman suffrage movement

Images of the Era: 1815-1851

Following the War of 1812, a stronger sense of national unity emerged in the United States. As America expanded westward, however, attempts to spread slavery into those new territories seriously divided the nation.