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DECLARATION OF SENTIMENTS.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they were accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled.

The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Title
The first convention ever called to discuss the civil and political rights of women, Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19, 20, 1848
Contributor Names
Woman's Rights Convention (1848 : Seneca Falls, N.Y.)
Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893, former owner.
National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
[S.l. : s.n., after 1848]
Subject Headings
-  Women's rights--United States--Congresses
Notes
-  Caption title.
-  "This call was published in the Seneca County courier, July 14, 1848, without any signatures. The movers of this convention, who drafted the call, the declaration and resolutions were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha C. Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane C. Hunt"--Footnote.
-  Includes p. [1] first and closing paragraphs of Mrs. Stanton's address.
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
-  LAC tnb 2019-08-05 update (1 card)
Medium
8 p. ; 22 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
HQ1403 .W6 1848
JK1881 .N357 sec. VII, no. 1, #16 Another copy. 23 cm. NAWSA bookplate. Another copy bound in sec. XVI, no. 6, p 68-69; a later report on the convention from p. 68 (in acc. envelope). Gift of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Nov. 1, 1938.
Library of Congress Control Number
27007548
Language
English
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Caption title. "This call was published in the Seneca County courier, July 14, 1848, without any signatures. The movers of this convention, who drafted the call, the declaration and resolutions were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha C. Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane C. Hunt"--Footnote. Includes p. [1] first and closing paragraphs of Mrs. Stanton's address. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. LAC tnb 2019-08-05 update (1 card)
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https://lccn.loc.gov/27007548
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Woman'S Rights Convention, Lucy Stone, and National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection. The first convention ever called to discuss the civil and political rights of women, Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19, 20. [S.l.: s.n., after, 1848] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/27007548/.

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Woman'S Rights Convention, Stone, L. & National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection. (1848) The first convention ever called to discuss the civil and political rights of women, Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19, 20. [S.l.: s.n., after] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/27007548/.

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Woman'S Rights Convention, Lucy Stone, and National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection. The first convention ever called to discuss the civil and political rights of women, Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19, 20. [S.l.: s.n., after, 1848] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/27007548/>.

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