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Abby Kelley Shakes Up Seneca Falls

Abby Kelley came to Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1843 and turned the town upside down. Day after day she delivered passionate speeches against slavery and for women’s rights. She wasn’t allowed to speak in the churches, so she spoke in ...

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Elizabeth Peabody, Always a Bridesmaid…

In 1832, a young widower named Horace Mann moved into a Boston boardinghouse where he met two intellectual schoolteachers from Salem, Mary and Elizabeth Peabody. They were sisters. Mary fell in love with Horace Mann at first sight. But Mary ...

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The Nantucket Childhood of Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott was considered by many of her contemporaries to be the greatest woman of the 19th century. A Quaker minister shaped by her Nantucket upbringing, she was one of the earliest advocates of women’s rights and an uncompromising abolitionist. ...

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Eunice Williams, The Unredeemed Captive

In 1704, Mohawk Indians raided the frontier town of Deerfield, Mass. They captured local pastor John Williams, along with his family. Most of the family (those who didn’t die in the attack or aftermath) would be ransomed – all but ...

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