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For over 40 years the womens rights movement in America was resigned to attempts at elevating womans role in the domestic sphere 5In the years preceding the civil war and the progressive era of reconstruction that followed it womens rights became womens suffrage and with the change in name came a reorganization of the suffrage movement As postwar debates concerning black rights raged in congress the opportunity to create a human suffrage platform arose The similarity in ideologies and goals between the feminist and abolitionist causes allowed for a joining of the minds and the creation of mutually beneficial organizations This joining of fates had unforeseen and problematic repercussions for the womans suffrage movement The break between these two distinct but similar groups caused much distress to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and for a time she railed against the enfranchisement of black men in advance of white women The film One Woman One Vote called this the Negros hour however Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony became more focused on their own agendas after the separation and gave birth to a radical and multifaceted feminism 94 One of the most prominent questions of the reconstruction era was the enfranchisement of blacks and how to resolve proportionate congressional representation in the southern states In 1866 Lucy Stone Lucretia Mott Stanton and Anthony decided to wed them selves to this cause under the banner of natural rights and universal adult suffrage This union culminated in the formation of the American Equal Rights Association AERA The group was set with the task of convincing abolitionists and radicals that their own equal rights logic should lead them to advocate womens suffrage 90 as an integral aspect of reconstruction The group succeeded in seeing the 14th amendment through congress though they were deeply disturbed by the language of the document which specified that only male citizens were to be enfranchised In Stanton Gerret Smith on Petitions
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