Quotable History from 1898

“…the practical work to be done to secure freedom for the slaves was to circulate petitions through all the Northern States. For months these petitions were circulated diligently everywhere, as the signatures show—some signed on fence posts, plows, the anvil, the shoemaker’s bench—by women of fashion and those in the industries, alike in the parlor and the kitchen; by statesmen, professors in colleges, editors, bishops; by sailors, and soldiers, and the hard-handed children of toil, building railroads and bridges, and digging canals, and in mines in the bowels of the earth. Petitions, signed by three hundred thousand persons, can now be seen in the national archives in the Capitol at Washington.”

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897 (New York: European Publishing Company, 1898 [copyright 1897]), 238. Free online at The Internet Archive.

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