Chapter 5 demonstrates Ernestine Rose’s amazing activism during the 1850s, when she traveled to and spoke in twenty-three of the existing thirty-one states. First showing her in one of her busiest years, 1855, it demonstrates the range of her contacts, from Walt Whitman to Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Frederick Douglass, the German immigrant Mathilde Franziska Anneke, and others in the growing women’s and anti-slavery movements. It describes two difficult 1853 conventions: the Hartford Bible Convention, where Rose argued against religion as theology students shouted and turned off the lights, and the NYC “Mob Convention,” where jeers drowned out the speakers. It shows her central role in the National Women’s Rights Conventions which met every year in the 1850s except 1857.
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