The American Of American Women Essay

1279 Words Feb 24th, 2016 6 Pages
The different styles and personalities of the leaders further caused a disorganized, unfocused message from the suffragists. Many female leaders who risked their own safety to spread awareness were so devoted that they failed to work in a coordinated manner to get the message to the American people. The demand for the enfranchisement of American women was first seriously formulated at the Seneca Falls Convention (1848). After the Civil War, agitation by women for the ballot became increasingly vociferous. In 1869, however, a rift developed among feminists over the proposed 15th Amendment, which gave the vote to black men. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others refused to endorse the amendment because it did not give women the ballot. Other suffragists, however, including Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe, argued that once the black man was enfranchised, women would achieve their goal. As a result of the conflict, two organizations emerged. In order to focus on the organizations it is necessary to look closely at the women who were the biggest influences on these groups. Some activists went door to door with petitions, trying to engage people in discussions and persuade them to support the right to vote. In contrast, Emily Howland was an activist who fought for women’s rights using political posters. “Emily Howland was “a doer and seeker […] an intellectual and a reformer […] and a humanitarian.” Holland spoke and attended several suffrage meetings. Aditionnally,…

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