Abigail Jane Scott: Women's Rights Movement

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Abigail Jane Scott was born on a frontier farm in Illinois. One of twelve children, she endured the Oregon Trail (age 17), as her family moved west, and experienced the seven painful months of great migration, in 1852. Abigail would see illness and death, as the route was unforgiving. Her mother Anne, would die of cholera, and it kindled an anger, as she realized the treatment of women in America. Her father would bring the family to live in Oregon, and Abigail would attend an academy for 5 months. She would leave home to become a teacher, shortly after marrying a rancher, named Benjamin Duniway. The newly married couple would live in a log cabin, isolated on the Oregon Territory frontier. Abigail would begin to see the cruelty of the world, …show more content…
What issues did she become involved in the Pacific Northwest?
Abigail Scott Duniway would dedicate herself to human rights, and plunge herself into the women’s suffrage movement. She would campaign, write books, pamphlets, articles and give speeches, with the intent to educate and convince the public of voting for human and women’s rights. In 1871, Abigail and Susan B. Anthony went on a lecture tour, around Washington and Oregon. She would use her new friends popularity (in articles in the New Northwest newspaper), of their journey, attempting to revolutionize the communities thoughts and perceptions of legalizing women to vote. The two women would ride the stagecoach, around both states, which was an exhausting and ragged transit. Year after year, Abigail would travel the United States (by stagecoach or train), travelling north to Minneapolis, trips to Chicago, eastern Washington, Idaho panhandle, and anywhere people would list about her cause. Success seemed distant, but she was firm in her conviction, that women had a voice and eventually they would be legally
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Why did they oppose the Chinese? What actions were taken against the Chinese in the Pacific Northwest?
Business supported the Chinese labor, outraging the Knights of Labor. The Knights believed that the captains of industry were using Chinese labor as a tool to keep workers poor and wages lower. Although the Knights of Labor believed in equal pay for men and women, they did not approve of the Chinese scab laborers. White workers viewed the intrusion, as giving the country over to the foreign yellow men. The Chinese were conceived as treacherous, heathens, untrustworthy and conspiring. White workers believed they would consume the land, like a grasshopper.
The different communities felt the Chinese must go! Advertisements preached hatred and called for war. Racial tensions grew within the railroad and mining communities. White employees would raid the Chinese, attempting to push them out of the society.
The public was irritated at the lack of government intervention, and took the law into their own hands, by killing or setting fire to Chinese

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