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Women in Government Documents: 1840-1870

a quick look at resources relating to the history of women in the united states.

Dorothea Dix

Image of Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Lynde Dix

  • Digital ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a12244 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a12244
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-9797 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Starting Points

1841 Dorothea Dix begins her crusade for the humane treatment of the mentally ill.

1850 Harriet Tubman makes her first trip to the South as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published.

1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act

1855 Missouri v. Celia

1862 Homestead Act

1866 Senator J. Howard questions wither Vinnie Ream can carve a bust of president Lincoln- because of her sex.

1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony found the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), and Lucy Stone helps found the more moderate American Woman Suffrage Association.

1872 Susan B. Anthony is arrested and brought to trial for attempting to vote in the presidential election.

1879 Belva Lockwood becomes the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court bar.

Vinnie Ream

Image of Vinnie Ream with her bust of Lincoln

Vinnie Ream at work upon her Lincoln bust which rests upon the stand she used in the White House while President Lincoln posed for her

  • Digital ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a12710 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a12710
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-10284 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA