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Women's National Loyal League [Men and Women's Emancipation petitions]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07202.05 Author/Creator: Women's National Loyal League Place Written: New York, New York Type: Printed document Date: circa 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Blank, unsigned petitions for the emancipation of slavery. Folded document. First page is titled "Women's Emancipation Petition," second page is titled "Men's Emancipation Petition." Calls on the U.S. House and Senate to abolish slavery throughout the United States and for a Constitutional amendment to prohibit its existence forever. Instructs sender to mail the form, when completed, to No. 20 Cooper Institute, New York.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Women's History, Slavery, African American History, Emancipation, Abolition, Congress, Reform Movement, US Constitution, US Constitutional Amendment

Sub Era: The American Civil War