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The New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (NYSAOWS) was one of the most active women's anti-suffrage groups in the state of New York. The group was formed in April 1895 and consisted of prominent women who fought against the cause of…

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In 1801, the Virginia State Legislature decreed that county commissioners of the revenue were to return a complete list of all free "Negroes" in their district on an annual basis. This list was to contain names, gender, residence, and trade of each…

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“The Age of Iron” was published by the printing firm of Currier and Ives of New York in 1869. It satirized the woman suffrage movement that was gaining widespread support in America during that time.The woman suffrage movement began in 1848 at the…

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"Agitate - Educate - Legislate." This slogan of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union laid out its goals in the fight against alcohol.  Established in 1874 in Ohio, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) joined the fight for Prohibition, with…

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This document shows that in 1708, Ann Walker was granted permission by the government to attend the church of her choice -- the Church of England. Prior to this Ann had experienced issues with her husband George, who was not a member of the Church of…

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Throughout much of the nineteenth century, wealthy women's involvement in the public sphere often involved religious or charitable work. During an era when governments provided few social programs, Virginia’s women founded orphanages and schools and…

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Pocahontas (also known as Matoaka, Amonute, and Rebecca) was an Indian and one of the daughters of Indian chief Powhatan. She is known for a historical anecdote where she reportedly saved the life of the English explorer John Smith in 1607, during…

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Maggie Lena Walker was an African American banker, business women and civic leader who overcame adversary and discriminatory laws by becoming the first woman, white or black, to establish and become the president of a bank in the United States.…

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The woman suffrage movement, which succeeded in 1920 with the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, coincided with major national reform movements seeking to improve public education, create public health programs, regulate business and industrial…

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The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL) was founded in 1909 in Richmond. The ESL became one of the most influential suffrage organizations in the country. Among the twenty founding women, Lila Meade Valentine, a Richmond native, was elected the…
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