Thematic Essay

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Trezhaun Young5/31/12
U.S. History

Thematic Essay
A reform movement is a kind of social movement that aims to make gradual change, or change in certain aspects of society, rather than rapid or fundamental changes. A reform movement is distinguished from more radical social movements such as revolutionary movements. Two reform movements that were intended to improve American life for the citizens were: “The women’s suffrage movement” and “Reform in Parliament”. “The women’s suffrage movement” was the fight for the right to vote for women. The movement for women rights, activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and many more struggled to secure the right to vote for women in America. This was a very important right sought by almost every woman in America. Women wanted the right to vote because they feel as though they are equal to men and were tired of being told who they should be in life and what they should become. The first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. After 2 days of discussion and debate, 68 women and 32 men signed a Declaration of Sentiments, which outlines grievances and sets the agenda for the women's rights movement. A set of 12 resolutions is adopted calling for equal treatment of women and men under the law and voting rights for women. That was only the beginning. On November 18, 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal for voting on November 5 in the 1872 Presidential Election two weeks earlier. During the beginning of the 20th century, as women's suffrage faced several important federal votes, a portion of the suffrage movement known as the National Women's Party led by suffragette Alice Paul became the first "cause" to picket outside the White House. Paul and Lucy Burns led a series of protests against the Wilson Administration in Washington. Wilson ignored the protests for six months, but on June 20, 1917, as a Russian delegation drove up to the White...
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