3 Reform Causes Impacting Seneca Falls
In the mid 19th Century
WOMEN’S RIGHTS – TEMPERANCE – ABOLITION
Why was Seneca Falls such a hotbed of reform in woman’s rights, temperance and abolition in the years preceding the Civil War? If you want information to answer that question, come to the Wesleyan Chapel (136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls) on Friday, July 6th, at 7:00pm for a presentation by Seneca County Historian Walter Gable. This program is another partnership event between the Seneca Museum and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
Mr. Gable who will show how these three major reform causes were impacting Seneca Falls in the mid-19th century. Several different societies were established seeking to achieve a total ban on the consumption of alcohol or to limit greatly its use. Several businesses advertised that they catered to “temperance” clientele. All kinds of anti-slavery activism were taking place in Seneca Falls, including helping freedom seekers reach freedom via the Underground Railroad, speeches by famous abolitionist speakers, conducting anti-slavery fairs, meetings of the Free Soil and Liberty political parties, formation of a new Wesleyan Church, and the sending of anti-slavery petitions to Congress. Basic events of the July 1848 woman’s rights convention will be covered, as well as some analysis of the signers and non-signers of the Declaration of Sentiments. Mr. Gable will also show how the Rhoda Bement church trial was a microcosm of how these three causes were evolving and interacting five years before the woman’s rights convention of 1848.