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Seneca Falls Convention
On July 19th and 20th, 1848, 300 people gathered in the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls to hold what would later be known as the Seneca Falls Convention, the event that marked the beginning of the modern U.S. movement for women's rights. One of the few notifications for this event was in the Seneca County Courier on July 11—the event was one that was organized quickly and received little publicity. Although the event itself was orchestrated by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the combination of her mobilization of numerous social networks via their leaders and a supportive, opportune climate brought everyone together. This was a convention not of national figures, but of local people of varying ages. Out of the convention came the Declaration of Sentiments, a document that received widespread attention partly because the organizers chose to couch their grievances in the same rhetoric that was used in the Declaration The ...