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LECTURE “A Chance to Prosper: California’s Sole Trader Act of 1852 Establishes Rights for Women” by Lindy Miller

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Date(s) - 03/05/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Angels Camp Museum


Imagine California 1849-1852, the scene of fever-pitched activity and change brought on by the discovery of Gold. Yet amidst all the turmoil, the rights of a married woman in California were protected.

In Monterey, 1849, California’s first Constitutional convention met to discuss statehood, establish a state capitol, affirm property rights of the Spanish citizens as well as the separate property rights of a married woman.

Subsequent legislative sessions addressed several pressing issues, such as the Foreign miner’s tax; in April of 1852 an act was passed by the State Legislature which authorized a married woman the right to transact business under her own name, separate from her husband.

Come and hear about the notable men who supported the Sole Trader Act and the women who embraced their newfound opportunities.

Program will be held in the Carriage House at the Museum

Cost: free for museum members, $10 non-members

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