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From Abolitionist to Suffragist: The 1840 World Anti-Slavery Society Convention and Women’s Suffrage

How did the abolitionist movement inspire the women’s suffrage movement? In this episode of BRIdge From The Past, Mary examines Benjamin Robert Haydon’s 1841 painting “The Anti-Slavery Society Convention.” Held in 1840, more than 300 people, mostly from Britain and the United States, attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. What troubles arose for these women when trying to attend this abolitionist convention? How did the events of this convention lead to both an end of slavery in the United States and a beginning of suffrage for women?

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