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Westward Expansion and Regional Difference6

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Westward Expansion and Regional Differences Nation, slavery grow in new frontier WOMEN'S RIGHTS Such social reforms brought many women to a realization of their own unequal position  in society. From colonial times, unmarried women had enjoyed many of the same legal  rights as men, although custom required that they marry early. With matrimony, women  virtually lost their separate identities in the eyes of the law. Women were not permitted  to vote.  Their education in the 17th and 18th centuries was limited largely to reading,  writing, music, dancing, and needlework. The awakening of women began with the visit to America of Frances Wright, a   Scottish  lecturer and journalist, who publicly promoted women's rights throughout the United  States during the 1820s. At a time when women were often forbidden to speak in public 
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Unformatted text preview: places, Wright not only spoke out, but shocked audiences by her views advocating the rights of women to seek information on birth control and divorce. By the 1840s an American women's rights movement emerged. Its foremost leader was Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In 1848 Cady Stanton and her colleague Lucretia Mott organized a women's rights convention – the first in the history of the world – at Seneca Falls, New York. Delegates drew up a “Declaration of Sentiments,” demanding equality with men before the law, the right to vote, and equal opportunities in education and employment. The resolutions passed unanimously with the exception of the one for women's suffrage, which won a majority only after an impassioned speech in favor by Frederick Douglass, the black abolitionist....
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