Lucretia Mott 

 

 


Introduction

 

It is often said that one does not fully comprehend the consequences of his actions, whether the consequences be positive or negative.  In some instances however, this could not possibly be the case.  And one of these instances is the career of Lucretia Mott.  As a nineteenth-century abolitionist and women’s rights advocate who lived through and partly made possible some of the most momentous events in history, Mott must have realized that she was making history.  Her Quaker heritage encouraged Mott to become an active religious leader at a time when America was ripe for reform.  Nineteenth-century America was the world of the white man; women and African Americans therefore, lacked rights equal to those of white men.  And that is what Mott set out to change.  Lucretia Mott was a Quaker religious leader who had a significant impact on American society as a result of her efforts to free blacks from the institution of slavery and to release women from the chains of male-imposed bondage.

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