LUCRETIA MOTT Biography - Activists, Revolutionaries and other freedom fighters


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Lucretia Mott was born Lucretia Coffin on January 3, 1793 in Nantucket,       
Massachusetts. She was an outspoken leader of the antislavery and women's     
rights movements in America. She married James Mott in 1811.                 
Her family were Quakers, and she became a Quaker minister in 1821. Like       
many Quakers, Mott was active in the abolitionist movement in the United     
States before the Civil War. Mott helped found two anti-slavery groups,       
and was well known for her eloquent speeches against slavery.                 
In 1840, Mott attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London,           
England. The men who controlled the convention refused to seat her and       
other women delegates. Mott responded by pledging to work diligently for     
women's rights. In 1848 she and another reformer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton,     
organized the first women's rights convention in the United States at         
Seneca Falls, New York. Out of this meeting came a series of resolutions     
demanding increased rights for women, including better educational and       
employment opportunities and the right to vote.                               
After 1848, Mott spoke widely for both women's rights and the abolition of   
slavery. Her book, Discourse on Women, published in 1850 discussed the       
educational, economic, and political restrictions on women in Western         
Europe and America. After slavery was abolished in 1865, Mott supported       
the rights of black Americans to vote.                                       
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