Essay on Women's Suffrage: Creation of the 19th Amendment
The National Women’s Rights Convention was held yearly until the Civil War began. According to Wikipedia.org,” In Indiana, divorces could be granted on the basis not only of adultery, but on desertion, drunkenness, and cruelty. In New York, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, and Ohio, women's property rights had expanded to allow married women to keep their own wages.” It seem like the movement was actually making some progress, but because of the civil war, it was basically put to a stop. African-American suffrage became a main focus of Americans instead of the women’s suffrage movement. So, the New England Woman Suffrage Association (NEWSA) was created in 1868 to only get suffrage for women. It was a republican based unisex group, with men in the head positions. The group was later driven to promote rights for black men. The cause of the association had completely changed at this point. At its first convention, Fredrick Douglass said that women’s suffrage wasn’t as important as black suffrage.
After the war was ended, the 14th and 15th amendment was passed in 1868 and later in 1870. It gave the protection of the constitution to all citizens (citizens being male) and gave African-Americans the right to finally vote. Since blacks were now able to vote, women thought it was there time to get the right to vote as well. On History.com, it states, “They refused to support the 15th Amendment and even allied with racist Southerners who argued that white