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A nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist, Lucy Stone was one of the most famous women in America in the 1850s. She was a brilliant orator who played a leading role in organizing and participating in national women’s rights conventions, served as president of the American Equal Rights Association, co-founded and helped lead the American Woman Suffrage Association, and founded and edited the Woman’s Journal, the most enduring, influential women’s newspaper of its day.
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- Lucy Stone was born on August 13, 1818, in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
- Her parents were Francis Stone and Hannah Matthews, who were both committed abolitionists.
- Lucy defied her parents and pursued a higher education when she was 16.
- In 1839, Lucy attended Mount Holyoke Seminary for just one term. Four years later, at 25, she enrolled at Oberlin College in Ohio. The college did not share in many of her beliefs.
- She graduated in 1847 with honors, becoming the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a bachelor’s degree at the age of twenty nine.
- Under the direction of William Lloyd Garrison, whom she’d met at Oberlin, Lucy worked with the American Anti-Slavery Society.
- Her work with the organization tapped into her enduring and heightened passion to eradicate slavery.
- It also launched her career as a public speaker.
- While she was regularly opposed, Lucy emerged as an outspoken voice in the anti-slavery movement and the women’s rights cause.
- In 1850, the Lucy organized the first National Woman’s Rights Convention.
- The event was hailed as a significant moment for American women.
- It was held in Worcester, Massachusetts.
- Her speech at the convention was reprinted in newspapers nationwide.
- Lucy traveled throughout North America to lecture on women’s rights while continuing to hold her annual convention.
- In 1868, she co-founded and became president of the State Woman’s Suffrage Association of New Jersey, which was succeeded by the League of Women Voters of New Jersey
- She also launched a New England chapter of the association and helped establish the American Equal Rights Association.
- In 1855, Stone married Henry Blackwell, a committed abolitionist who spent two years trying to convince his fellow activist to marry him.
Though initially taking on her husband’s surname, she opted to go back to her maiden name a year after their marriage.
In a letter to her spouse, she said: “A wife should no more take her husband’s name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost.”
At their actual wedding, both she and Henry also protested the that a husband has legal dominion over his wife.
The couple eventually moved to Orange, New Jersey, and had a daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell.
- After the Civil War, Lucy found herself at odds with fellow suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, both former allies who deeply opposed her support for the
- While the amendment only guaranteed black men the right to vote, Lucy backed it, reasoning that it would eventually lead to the women’s vote as well.
- Anthony and Stanton strongly disagreed because they felt that the amendment was a half-measure, and resented what they perceived as Lucy’s betrayal of the women’s rights movement.
- In 1890, however, through the hard work of Lucy’s daughter, Alice, and Stanton’s daughter, Harriot Stanton Blatch, the women’s rights movement reunified through the formation of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
- While Stone lived to see the end of slavery, she died on October 18, 1893, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 30 years before women were finally permitted to vote.
- Her ashes are held at a columbarium within Boston’s Forest Hill Cemetery.
Lucy Stone Worksheets
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- Lucy Stone Facts
- Who is Lucy?
- Lucy’s Family
- Lucy Acrostic
- 15th Amendment
- Lucy’s Legacy
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