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"Women's Rights Convention. Cleveland. Oct. 8th, 1853." Portland Daily Advertiser, Vol. 23, No. 230.


Newspaper Article: "Women's Rights Convention. Cleveland. Oct. 8th, 1853" in Portland Daily Advertiser, Vol. 23., No. 230. Portland [Maine]: Portland Daily Advertiser, Saturday Morning, October 15, 1853.
18-1/4 x 24," folded down to 9-5/8 x 7-1/4," 4 pp.; single issue (article at page 2); disbound with stab holes, etc. at left margin, not affecting text; very good.
A report by "A.C.T." ("Correspondence of the Newark Daily Advertiser") on the [Fourth] National Women's Rights Convention in Cleveland, presided over by Frances Gage, with Ernestine Rose, Antoinette Brown, Lucy Stone, Abby Kelly Foster, Lucretia Mott, Emma Coe, William Lloyd Garrison et al. in attendance. The correspondent quickly makes clear his attitude toward women's rights as he describes the Convention's setting in Cleveland as "long...celebrated for its sympathy with ultraism and all the radical reforms of the day." He regards many present as "infidels" and sees them as set against the "teachings of the Scriptures." After all what do the women want? " answer must be sought in their own acts and avowals. It is briefly to be and do about all and everything that man is and does....They would fill all the trades and professions equally with man, vote at elections, make our laws, fill our executive chairs, sit upon the bench, do all and everything almost without exception that many may of right do. This is not a fancy sketch...Truly we have fallen upon strange times!" History Of Woman Suffrage describes the Convention thoroughly and provides the text of important addresses and letters. The newspaper article, however, vividly and pungently reflects contemporary views toward these "strong-minded" women and the reforms they sought.

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