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[Detail] Yellow ribbon from 1911 Suffrage Parade

3) Abolitionist Movement

The woman suffrage movement rose in part from other reform movements, including the movement to end slavery. Documents in the collection, such as "Proceedings of the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women . . ." [1838], highlight the relationship between the rights of women and the rights of slaves and former slaves.

Search on abolition and slavery for documents that emphasize connections between abolitionism and the women's rights movement.

Search on Sojourner Truth for some of the speeches of this famous former slave. For example, at the American Equal Rights Association meeting in 1867, Sojourner Truth said,

The object of this Association is to "secure Equal Rights to all American citizens, especially the Right of Suffrage, irrespective of race, color or sex." American Democracy has interpreted the Declaration of Independence in the interest of slavery, restricting suffrage and citizenship to a white male minority.

The black man is still denied the crowning right of citizenship, even in the nominally free States .... Half our population are disfranchised on the ground of sex; and though compelled to obey the law and taxed to support the government, they have no voice in the legislation of the country. This Association, then, has a mission to perform, the magnitude and importance of which cannot be over-estimated.

From "Proceedings of the First Anniversary of the American Equal Rights Association, held at the Church of the Puritans, New York, May 9 and 10, 1867."