American Literature Essay

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Where did Elizabeth Cady Stanton grow up?

Elizabeth Cady was born in Johnstown, New York on November 12, 1815. She had 10 brothers and sisters, however, many of them died during childhood. Only Elizabeth and four of her sisters lived well into adulthood. Her last brother, Eleazar, died when he was 20 years old leaving her mother depressed and her father wishing that Elizabeth was a boy.
Elizabeth (sitting) with Susan B. Anthony
Not Fair for Women

Growing up Elizabeth was exposed to the law through her father Daniel. He was a lawyer who also served as a judge and a U.S. Congressman. She learned that the law was not the same for men and women. She learned that only men could vote and that
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In order to change the laws, they needed the right to vote. The right for women to vote is called women's suffrage. Elizabeth began to work and campaign for women's suffrage. She would spend the rest of her life working on this important cause.

Declaration of Sentiments

In 1850, Elizabeth and several other women held the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth presented an important document called the Declaration of Sentiments. This document was modeled after the Declaration of Independence and said that women and men were created equal and should be treated the same under the law. Many people spoke at the event including the famous abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass.

National Woman Suffrage Association

In 1869, Elizabeth and her good friend Susan B. Anthony formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. They believed strongly that women should be given the right to vote. They thought that the Fifteenth Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote, should also include the right for women to vote. Other people thought that if women were included on the amendment it wouldn't pass. Much to her disappointment, when the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified in 1870, it did not include women.


Over the next 30 years of her life, Elizabeth worked hard to improve the rights of women. Although she didn't live long enough to see women

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