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The Beecher Sisters$
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Barbara A. White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099270

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099270.001.0001

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“Foes in Your Own Household,” 1870–1871

“Foes in Your Own Household,” 1870–1871

(p.154) 7 “Foes in Your Own Household,” 1870–1871
The Beecher Sisters

Barbara A. White

Yale University Press

This chapter elaborates the different aspects of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) organized by Isabella. Isabella helped organize the NWSA convention held in Washington, D.C., in January 1870. This was the second convention to meet in Washington and it made sense to convene there to lobby for a sixteenth amendment. The convention passed four resolutions besides asking Congress to submit to the state legislatures for a sixteenth amendment giving women the right to vote. Catharine believed it would be a long time before women could vote in the United States. Men would not allow it until women demanded it, and nine-tenths of American women, she claimed, did not want the vote. They would see it as an act of oppression making them neglect their own duties and assume responsibilities that belonged to men.

Keywords:   Beecher sisters, NWSA, sixteenth amendment, NWSA convention

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