Frederick Douglass turns down an invitation to speak at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia in 1870 when he learns that “the Directors of that popular Hall persist in refusing to allow it to be used for a lecture to which my race shall be admitted on terms of equality.”
In the late nineteenth century, Anne Brown Adams, a daughter of the abolitionist John Brown, lamented that the “struggle for a married woman’s rights will be a longer and a harder fought battle than any other that the world has ever known.”
Under the leadership of Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a convention for the rights of women was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. It was attended by between 200 and 300 people, both women and men. Its primary goal was to discuss the rights of women—how to gain these rights for all, particularly in the political arena. The conclusion of this convention was that the effort to secure equal rights across the board would start by focusing on suffrage for women. The participants wrote the Seneca Falls...
It is idle to talk of a peaceful strike. None such has ever occurred. All combinations to interfere with perfect freedom in the proper management and control of one's lawful business, to dictate the terms upon which such business shall be conducted by means of threats, are within the condemnation of the law.
Farmer's Loan and Trust v. Northern Pacific, 1894
Combinations are reappearing on all sides....They all do something...