Will you give the scriptures of the old and new Testament an exhaustive reading that you may speak on the Biblical view of the great question of Woman’s suffrage at the coming anniversary?

— Letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Edward M. Davis, 10 April [1869].

Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Women’s Suffrage

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) was a life-long advocate of women’s political and legal rights. She made the call for the first women’s rights convention, which took place at Seneca Falls, New York, on 19–20 July 1848.

Stanton wrote to her friend Edward M. Davis on 10 April 1869 following an unsuccessful campaign for voting rights for women in New York and Kansas. She and Susan B. Anthony had allied themselves with George Francis Train who made it possible for them to continue their Kansas campaign after they had run out of funds. Train also provided initial funding for The Revolution, a short-lived liberal newspaper that gave Stanton an outlet for her views on woman suffrage and other social causes. Stanton’s letter to Davis deals with her attempt to open a new front in the campaign for woman suffrage through Biblical interpretation.

Read more about Elizabeth Cady Stanton here and see her image up close here.

Upcoming Events


Monday, 4 March | 6:00 PM

Necessary Trouble: A Conversation with Drew Faust

Drew Faust, in conversation with Catherine Allgor, MHS President.

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Thursday, 14 March | 6:00 PM

Wheatley in the 21st Century: A Reading & Book Launch

Danielle Legros Georges, Artress Bethany White, Florence Ladd, and Janice Lowe.

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Tuesday, 19 March | 5:00 PM

The Disappearance of Sarah Simmons: Escape Notices & the Racial Imperatives of the Carceral State

Micah Khater, University of California, Berkeley, with comment by Cheryl Hicks, University of Delaware.

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Thursday, 21 March, 5:00 PM: Fitting Form to Argument: Developing a Digital Publication for the Complexity of Harlem in Disorder with Stephen Robertson, George Mason University, with comment by Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University. This is a seminar.

Saturday, 23 March, 11:00 AM–3:00 PM: NHD In-Person Feedback Session with Suffolk & Boston University. This is a National History Day event for students.

Thursday, 28 March, 5:00 PM: “The Permanent Prize for Nerve”: Examining Women’s Postwar Battles with the US Veteran’s Bureau with Bridget E. Keown, University of Pittsburgh, with comment by Beth Linker, University of Pennsylvania. This is a seminar.

Monday, 1 April, 6:00 PM: Chasing Beauty: The Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner with Natalie Dykstra, in conversation with Catherine Allgor, MHS President. This is a program.

Tuesday, 2 April, 5:00 PM: A Renegades’ History of the Revolutionary Frontier: Contesting Race & Nation on the Borderlands of the New United States with John William Nelson, Texas Tech University, with comment by Colin Calloway, Dartmouth College. This is a Seminar.

Wednesday, 10 April, 6:00 PM: Italian Influence on Boston's Culture, Economy & Politics with Lawrence DiCara, civic leader, and James Pasto, historian. This is a program.

Thursday, 11 April, 5:00 PM: Reconstructing the Artisan Labor Economy in Post-Emancipation South Carolina with Anne E. Keith, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with comment by Hilary Green, Davidson College. This is a seminar.

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