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"Universal Suffrage"

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

This editorial in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle discusses a petition submitted to Congress in 1865, demanding the right to vote for women. The statement of the petitioners is followed by a commentary that ridicules the proposition by comparing women to babies. Woman's suffrage (as the cause was known) activists faced this sort of attitude throughout the second half of the 19th century, but continued to struggle for the right to vote. Organizations formed locally and nationally, with several prominent organizations based in Brooklyn, such as the Brooklyn Equal Rights Association.

Read the entire article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: "Universal Suffrage" (December 26, 1865).

For more about women's rights, see Documents 92, 95, 96, and 97.

Citation - Document 87
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online
December 26, 1865
Brooklyn Public Library – Brooklyn Collection

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