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Portrait of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass, a strong supporter of women's rights

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Second Day of Seneca Falls Convention
July 20, 1848

The assembled group also considered and voted on a number of resolutions, 11 of which were passed by a large majority and without much argument. The one point that was met with strong opposition was the following:

"Resolved, That it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise [the right to vote]."

In the end, after great debate, "The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments" passed unanimously and was signed by 68 women and 32 men in attendance. Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, a former slave, stood with Stanton at the convention and argued forcefully for women's right to vote.

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