In the 1800's many people were fighting for equal rights. The states were debating about slavery, the country was establishing territory in the west, and the Native Americans were losing their homeland. Women were fighting as well. They wanted the right to vote. Under the laws of the United States of America women were not given the opportunity to vote. They were expected to tell their thoughts to their husbands or fathers and the men would take that into consideration in their vote. Many women saw this as unfair. Females believed they deserved equal representation. In July of 1848 over 300 women and men gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss issues regarding equal rights for women. This convention began a movement to begin full voting rights for women.
In this assignment you will begin to think about the causes and effects of a growing country in terms of equal rights for all Americans. Why did this convention make such a mark in America's History? How did this cause a nation to change? If this convention took place in 1848, why did it take until 1919 for women to actual earn the right to vote?