How Did an International Agenda Shape the American Women's Rights Movement, 1840-1869?


   This document project explores the international agenda of the American women's rights movement as recorded in their published proceedings and in the History of Woman Suffrage, available as full-text sources on Women and Social Movements in the United States. Between 1840 and 1869, both American and European feminists saw the United States as an example to the world, but one that had failed to live up to its principles of liberty and equality. Establishing their leadership in this transatlantic movement, American feminists asserted their particular national vision as central to women's rights. The careers of American feminists Lucretia Mott, Ernestine Rose, Paulina Wright Davis, and Caroline Healey Dall, and European feminists Jeanne Deroin, Pauline Roland, Mathilde Anneke, and Jenny d'Héricourt illuminate the internationalist vision of American women's rights conventions.


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