Posted by: history591twenty3 | June 17, 2010

June 14, 2010 Women’s Rights

     A day about women’s rights was one of the busiest days!  The planning of the Seneca Falls Convention was planned in approximately 12 days.  Reasons for the convention; women had no legal rights as long as they were married if she chooses to get a divorce she had no rights to the children, property, or the clothes she wore, native American women  had more rights in the tribe compare to the Victorian proper style.  Native American woman could divorce her husband, she had the rights to the children and her living lodge, yet they are called savages.  The Anglo American women were in a land of legalizes slavery.  Women would not have the right to vote until 1919 with the 20th amendment.  The times have changed for woman but have they changed to benefit women being treated equal? 


      The leaders of the convention came from different walks of life, married, unmarried women, rich, middle class, college educated, elementary education, etc.  A common caused brought all the women and men together, equal rights in property, custody laws, educational opportunity, and participate in politics, professions, and church.   300 participated in the first Women’s Rights Convention.  A Declaration of Sentiments was presented at the convention, 100 people signed the document, 67 women and 33 men.  History was written that day with newspapers publishing the minutes of the convention. 


       The tour consisted with the visiting center, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Ann M’Clintock and Harriet Tubman homes.  Each home was different, illustrating their different status in society.  Harriet’s home, the lowest status of the homes we visited, was welcoming and more inviting than the other houses.  I wish we had more time to watch the video and a longer time talking to the education director at the Tubman’s home.


      The Seward’s house held more artifacts, apparently they were pack rats.  Good for us to see all the objects they received and bought throughout their lives.  The William and Frances Seward had five children, three sons and two daughters.  He was 5.4 foot, red hair, blue eyes, and a raspy voice.  He does not like standing in portraits.  He amazed me with his abolition ideas, being a stop station in the Underground Railroad, and holding important jobs in the federal government.  He was committed to the cause, if caught; the family would have been black listed. 


     The Erie Canal held many wonders concerning locks.  In my Geography class, I talk about locks and tried to explain the process from the written form.  Now, I understand how it works and I can explain the process in depth. 

      I can incorporate all what I have learned today in my U.S. History 2 class.  For a possible lesson plan on William Steward, he was just not the Secretary of State during Abraham Lincoln’s administration.  I will get the students to list Steward’s accomplishments during his long career in politics.  The students will plot on a map all the areas he visited and the land he helped the United States to acquire.


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