THE TEACHER BECOMES TEMPERANCE CRUSADER
THE Seneca Falls Convention got almost as much publicity as is in these days accorded a sensational crime -- and much the same kind of publicity. "The Hen Convention," which was about the most polite term applied to it, was denounced as a defiance of Divine revelation, a conspiracy against public morals and the home, the purity of American women (a purer purity than existed elsewhere), in general a conspiracy against all known and approved rules of society. A few thoughtful writers said it was interesting, a few contemptuous ones dismissed it as just another "ism," one of those crank ideas which had broken out like measles in intellectual centers as far west as Cincinnati. Abolition, temperance, vegeterianism, spiritualism, Fourierism, free love. In Canajoharie Susan B. Anthony read with absorbed interest everything published in the village newspaper. Most of the resolutions, better education for women, enlarged industrial opportunities, equal pay for equal work, the right to property and wages; above all, the right of women to free speech on public platforms, she approved, but when she read the eleventh resolution, calling for the right to vote, she laughed. The fact is that Susan, being Quaker born, despised the ballot for anybody. It was a rule of the Society of Friends to abjure all voting, because, as professional pacifists, they thought it positively
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Publication information: Book title: Susan B. Anthony:The Woman Who Changed the Mind of a Nation. Contributors: Rheta Childe Dorr - Author. Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1928. Page number: 52.
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