Editor's Note: This is the second chapter of “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth," a Newspaper in Education program made possible through a partnership with local schools and the Catskill Mountain News. The New York State United Teachers and New York Newspapers Foundation are funding this serial story (which began March 11 and runs for 8 weeks) in papers and classrooms across New York State.
Chapter Two: Speaking for Herself
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a newlywed in 1840, when she met Lucretia Mott.
Mott was an unusual woman for those days. She not only had a high school education, but was a minister in the Society of Friends, a religious group also known as the “Quakers.” In a time when women rarely spoke at public meetings, Lucretia Mott was known for her speeches at gatherings of people who opposed slavery.
Now she and her husband, James, were traveling to London for the World Anti-Slavery Convention, which was also where Elizabeth and Henry Stanton planned to spend their honeymoon.