READING & DISCUSSION SERIES Women’s Suffrage: A Documented History

Join us for a reading and discussion series where participants will examine the history of women’s suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of New York State's passage of women’s right to vote.

The discussion leader will be author and educator Giacomo Calabria. Calabria is the author of the 2014 thriller The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and has been praised by the Times Union as "a confident and masterful storyteller."

We will read about the women’s suffrage movements in the United States and around the world from the American Revolution to the modern era, track changes within the movement, study important speeches, delight over misadventures and anecdotes, listen to recordings from the phonograph to the digital era, and ultimately transform the last 250 years of history into a lens for better appreciating and understanding the nation we live in today.

All required readings are available FREE online. 

To register for the program contact Patrick Stenshorn, Interpretive Programs Manager at 518-463-4478 ext. 405 or

This program is made possible by a grant from Humanities New York 

Series Syllabus

Program texts

Week 1- Introduction:Revolution

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams (March 31, 1776)

Declaration of the Rights of Woman, Olympe de Gouges (1791)


Week 2-The Watershed: Seneca Falls

Declaration of Sentiments (1848)

Discourse on Woman, Lucretia Mott (1850)


Week 3-Slavery, Suffrage, and Civil War

Speech at Pennsylvania Hall, Angelina Grimké Weld (1838)

A Petition for Universal Suffrage (1865)

Address to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights Association, Sojourner Truth (May 9, 1867)


Week 4-Trial

Remarks by Susan B. Anthony in the Circuit Court (June 1873)

Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States (1876)


Week 5-World War

Freedom or death, Emmeline Pankhurst (1913)

Why Women Should Vote, Jane Addams (1915)


Week 6-Universal Rights

Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Thursday, September 21 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, September 28 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 5 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 12 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 19 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 26 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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