section of Harvard Library's Women
Lucretia Mott is denied a seat at the World Anti-Slavery Conference in
London because of her gender.
Mott's account of her trip to Great Britain is reprinted as Slavery
and the "Woman Question" on the Worcester Women's History Project
Dorothea Dix Begins Her Crusade, March 28, 1841 [ [Mass
Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities]
History Museum includes relevant documents and images of Dix.
Lucy Stone graduates from Oberlin College. Stone refuses to write a
commencement address because she would not be allowed to read it
herself. See Women's Rights
Pioneer Lucy Stone Born [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for
the Humanities] for a profile of Stone. The site also includes the text of
from Stone to her parents in which she explains why she refused to
write a commencement address.
Ellen Craft escapes slavery by posing as a white man.
Reenactor Marcia Estabrook portrays Craft in the video Ellen
Craft: Self-Emancipated Woman [WGBH Forum Network; 32 min., 32 sec.].
Seneca Falls Convention
Listen to Talking History program, The
150th Anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention at
Seneca Falls: A Talk with Ellen Dubois (13 July 1998).
Seneca Falls Convention, featured on the site American Treasures of the
Library of Congress.
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive the
M.D. degree. See Elizabeth
Blackwell: That Girl There Is Doctor in Medicine, an online exhibit
from the National Library of Medicine, for Blackwell's class notes, her
brother's account of the graduation, and additional sources that document
The Female Medical College of Pennsylvania opens.
Fugitive Slave Law
database from the National Archives
includes Selected Documents Relating to Fugitive Slaves,
1837 - 1860 and Fugitive Slave Case Papers, 1850 - 1860 and
Under the Fugitive Slave Act (Fugitive Slave Petition Book),
See the Search
Hints before using the site.
Harriet Tubman makes her first trip to the South as a conductor on the
Listen to the Talk of the Nation interview with Catherine
Clinton [time: 28 min.], author of Harriet
Tubman: The Road to Freedom.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony become active in the Women's
New York State Temperance Society.
into the Temperance Movement, 1852-1853
chapter of The Papers of
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony includes documents,
images, and an introductory essay.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cablin is published.
Hedrick, Joan. Uncle Tom's Cabin
[Interview online]. Talking History, 25 February 2002. Available
Hedrick won the Pulitzer Prize for Harriet Beecher
Stowe: A Life (Oxford University Press, 1994).
Letter to Horace Mann (Massachusetts Historical Society), Stowe
announces that she has completed the novel. Later in 1852, she notes in a
to Ralph Wardlaw that the facts behind the novel are "darker &
sadder & more painful to write than the fiction." Search OhioLink Digital Media
Center for Stowe.
in Action: Analyze Abolitionist Speeches [online]. In History
Matters. Fairfax, VA: Center for History and New Media; New York
: American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, 1998-
[cited 24 March 2005]. Available
Historian Carla Peterson interprets speeches by Sojourner Truth (1852) and
Frances Watkins Harper (1857).
Read Nicole Etcheson's article, "'Labouring for
the Freedom of This Territory': Free-State Kansas Women in the
1850s" in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 21
Online includes primary source materials relating to women who are
described in Etcheson's article, including Julia Lovejoy, Clarina Nichols,
and Sara Robinson.
Rights, part of the Library of Virginia's Working Out Her
Destiny exhibit, reproduces the letter that Nancy Polk sent to
Virginia's governor. Polk wanted clarification of her property rights.
Harriet Wilson's Our Nig; or Sketches from the Life of a Free
Black is published.
In Beyond Mortal
Vision: Harriet Wilson, P. Gabrielle Foreman and Reginald H. Pitts
discuss recently discovered information about Wilson's life.
Format: Video; time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Martha J. Coston patents a night signal flare in her husband's
J. Coston is featured in the Enterprising Women: 250
Years of American Business.
The following digital collections group images of clothing by time period.
Researchers can examine state and county topics for individual census
years and over time, as well as generate maps of selected data.
Bissonnette, Anne. Bissonnette on
Costume: A Visual Dictionary of Fashion [online]. c1999. Available
from: http://dept.kent.edu/museum/costume/. Select "Time Search."
Historical Museum Children's Clothing Collection
[online]. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, updated 26 June 2001
[cited 10 December 2001]. Available
Print sources for the history of clothing/fashion during this period
Severa, Joan L. Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans
and Fashion, 1840-1900. Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press,
Diaries & Letters
Browse the Quilt Index by time period (e.g.,
Album Quilt Tradition [online]. Baltimore: Maryland Historical
2001. Available from: http://www.mdhs.org/online/quilt_exhibit.html.
The "Flowering of the Baltimore Album Quilt" section of this online
exhibit includes six examples from 1840 to 1859.
The database America: History & Life offers a simple option
for limiting a search for articles and other sources to a specific time
period. If you are searching for articles that cover 1840 to 1859,
enter 1840d or 1850d in the "Time Period" row of the search screen.
See America: History & Life: Searching by Time
Period for an example using another time period.
American Women's History: A Timeline
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