Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

Frederick Douglass's speech during the Seneca Falls Convention helped the passing of the women suffrage resolution. 

“At any rate, seeing that the male government of the world have failed, it can do no harm to try the experiment of a government by man and woman united…"

"I have never yet been able to find one consideration, one argument, or suggestion in favor of man’s right to participate in civil government which did not equally apply to the right of woman…" 

"Nations have been and still are but armed camps, expending their wealth and strength and ingenuity in forging weapons of destruction against each other; and while it many not be contended that the introduction of the feminine element in government would entirely cure this tendency to exalt might over right, many reasons can be given to show that woman’s influence would greatly tend to check and modify this barbarous and destructive tendency.”

                                               -Frederick Douglass

-Fredrick Douglass was born as a slave in the Talbot County, Maryland. 

-After he escaped from slavery, he became an important leader in the Abolitionist movement. 
-In the Declaration of Sentiments, Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote about women's rights to vote. 
-This was connected to  women's political rights in the government, even Elizabeth's mentor Lucretia Mott disagreed with her. 
-Mott thought speaking about women suffrage was too much, and it would make the women's rights movements seem ridiculous.
- During the Seneca Falls Convention, all the other resolutions passed easily but the suffrage resolution did not pass at first. 
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton them asked Frederick Douglass to help her out. 
-Frederick was the only African American male presented at the convention, and he stood up to speak for the women's rights for suffrage. 
-Douglass said that if women were involved in the political sphere, the country could turn out to be a better place, and women and African American should both have the same rights to vote like white men did. Frederick's speech impact the audience, and the resolution successfully passed.