A More Important Convention Took Place 158 Years Ago Today

Wesley Chapel

July 19-20, 1848: Seneca Falls Convention.

Read about it at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History web page. (HT: Nate McAlister).

Here is a taste:

In 1848 the modest Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls in upstate New York was the site of a groundbreaking gathering. The two-day event was the first women’s rights convention in history. Modeling their Declaration of Sentiments on the Declaration of Independence, sixty-eight women, many of them veterans of the abolition movement, put to paper the radical notion that men and women should stand equal before the law and in the democracy of the young American nation. Only two of the convention’s participants would live to see the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920.

Now you can visit the chapel and other important sites included inWomen’s Rights National Historical Park. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in Seneca Falls!

The push for women’s rights was part of a larger reform movement that flourished in the mid-nineteenth century. Learn more about those reform movements here and more about the broader picture of women’s history here through essays, featured primary sources, and videos.

One thought on “A More Important Convention Took Place 158 Years Ago Today

  1. Professor Fea – thanks for reminding us of this event, which did change the course of U.S. history. It shows us that real change is never easy or quick. I’ve always been struck by the chronological symmetry of 72 years from 1776 to 1848, and then another 72 years until 1920, totaling 144 years for U.S. women to get the vote!


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