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The historic--and very elusive--Seneca Falls "Declaration of Sentiments"...
Item # 650641
August 15, 1848
LONG ISLAND DEMOCRAT, Jamaica, Queens County, Long Island, August 15, 1848
The front page, under the heading "A Curiosity," has a very significant report from the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention which includes "The Declaration of Sentiments." Although we have encountered various summaries of this contention in period newspapers during our 40+ years in the hobby, this is the first newspaper we've discovered which contains the full text of the Declaration including the opening remarks, all of the "Sentiments", as well as the full closing remarks.
This Declaration of Sentiments was signed in 1848 by 68 women and 32 men—100 out of some 300 attendees at the first women's rights convention to be organized by women. Held in Seneca Falls, New York, the convention is known as the Seneca Falls Convention. The principal author of the Declaration was Elizabeth Cady Stanton who modeled it upon the United States Declaration of Independence.
Frederick Douglass, whose attendance at the convention and support of the Declaration helped pass the resolutions put forward, said the document was the "...grand movement for attaining the civil, social, political, and religious rights of women."
Complete in four pages, slightly irregular at the spine, very good condition.
Category: Pre-Civil War