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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

“Our Roll of Honor, Containing All the Signatures to the ‘Declaration of Sentiments’ Set Forth by the First Woman’s Rights Convention held at Seneca Falls, New York, July 19–20, 1848.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (009.00.00)

Seneca Falls–The Origin Story

Every movement idealizes its leaders and celebrates its founding as a way of legitimizing its cause and promoting the myth of inevitability. Seneca Falls became the focus of the suffrage origin story, with milestone anniversaries celebrated. This sixtieth anniversary program listed the 100 signers of the Declaration of Sentiments. Some signers later withdrew their names, fearing public ridicule, but it is not known if that was done before The North Star pamphlet was published.

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