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  • On Women's Right to Vote

  • Susan B. Anthony

    Friends and fellow citizens:

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  • I stand before you tonight under indictment for the alleged crime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having a lawful right to vote.

  • It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny.

  • The preamble of the Federal Constitution says:

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    Preamble

    “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare,

  • and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

  • Susan B. Anthony

    It was we, the people;

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  • not we, the white male citizens;

  • nor yet we, the male citizens;

  • but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.

  • And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them;

  • not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people - women as well as men.

  • Susan B. Anthony

    And it is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government - the ballot.

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  • For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land.

  • By it the blessings of liberty are forever withheld from women and their female posterity.

  • To them this government has no just powers derived from the consent of the governed.

  • To them this government is not a democracy.

  • It is not a republic.

  • Susan B. Anthony

    It is an odious aristocracy;

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