Susan B. Anthony: Conditions Before The 19th Amendment

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1. Conditions before the 19th amendment In order to understand the following information, it is important to examine the conditions before the 19th amendment was passed. This also helps us to understand the resistance that the women’s suffrage movement faced. Prior to the amendment, women were not legally allowed to vote. This was both a legal barrier and a social one. For example, when Susan B. Anthony first began campaigning for women’s rights, she was harshly ridiculed. She was also accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Women faced other inequalities in America as well at the time. Among These inequalities were voting inequalities, limited property rights, a lack of custody rights, employment disadvantages, and more. While these women certainly did work to expand these rights, they mostly focused on voting rights. This makes sense, as many of their objectives could be blocked by anti-suffrage politicians. When women got voting rights, they were able to…show more content…
Susan B. Anthony In this video, Susan B. Anthony is described as a “master strategist”. She would veer right or left with the intention of trying to win women’s suffrage. This documentary described her as the “first women politician” even though she never held office. Susan B. Anthony seems to have been destined for greatness. By the age of 17 she was collecting anti-slavery petitions. This, combined with many of her stances proves that Susan B. was not a racist for not supporting the 14th and 15th amendments. On the other hand, Susan B. was devoted to winning freedom for all of America’s citizens. Along with Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony helped lead the women’s suffrage movement. In 1872, Anthony was arrested for voting in Rochester, NY. This was an extremely brave decision by Anthony. Anthony argued that the 14th amendment gave her the right to vote. However, the law disagreed. Anthony, the women that registered with her, and the men who registered those women, were all
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