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Sixteenth Amendment Convention. The National Woman Suffrage Association will hold its Tenth Annual Washington Convention at Lincoln Hall, 9th and D Sts. Washington, DC
[Washington, DC], 1877. 1st Edition. Pamphlet. Near Fine. Signed in print by suffrage leaders Clemence S. Lozier, Susan B. Anthony, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Sarah Andrews Spencer. Near Fine handbill, 1 page with original center fold line with slight separation at edges; small chip to bottom left corner. Else an exceptionally clean and excellent copy of this rare document, which OCLC reports at only one institution, and no copy in the auction record. The Woman Suffrage Convention of 1878 was a landmark in women's pursuit of enfranchisement. Marking 30 years since the Seneca Falls Convention and 10 years since the inaugural Woman Suffrage Convention, the meeting of 1878 resulted in the first Congressional bill to amend the Constitution to allow women's voting. Released in advance of this critical meeting, this handbill called upon women to speak and act on their own behalf, explaining that it was "of vital importance that delegates should be present at this Convention from every state and territory, and that each one should call upon her entire state delegation in Congress and urge them to attend the Convention and hear the discussion of the greatest political question of the age." Noting that Congress had reported favorably on a proposed bill to enfranchise Native Americans, the NWSA urge their members to act so that women may not be left behind but rather be included in pushes toward civic inclusion. "Everywhere in the US the dram-seller, the drunkard, the profligate help to make the laws which control the property, the wages, the persons, and the children of the intelligent women of this Republic." Notably, Congress did not approve the proposed bill, and the 16th Amendment would go on to solidify laws on federal income tax. It would not be until 1920, after 42 years of bringing the bill to Congress, that the NWSA would achieve the 19th Amendment granting federal woman suffrage. A testament to American women's determination, and to the power of citizens who "assemble under the shadow of the National Capitol and demand [change] in the sacred name of Liberty." Near Fine.
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