Amendment XIX: Granting Women the Right to Vote by Edited by Carrie Fredericks

By Edited by Carrie Fredericks

Starting with the Constitutional modification textual content, each one quantity places a specific modification in old context, examines the way it has been proven within the courts, and provides present controversies and debates.

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The strongest reason for giving women all the opportunities for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, forces of mind and body; for giving her the most enlarged freedom of thought and action; a complete emancipation from all forms of bondage, of custom, depen41 Granting Women the Right to Vote Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) was an instrumental force in the first fifty years of the suffrage movement. The Library of Congress. dence, superstition; from all the crippling influences of fear, is the solitude and personal responsibility of her own individual life.

Again we ask complete individual development for the general good; for the consensus of the competent on the whole round of human interests; on all questions of national life, and here each man must bear his share of the general burden. It is sad to see how soon friendless children are left to bear their own burdens before they can analyze their feelings; before they can even tell their joys and sorrows, they are thrown on their own resources. The great lesson that nature seems to teach us at all ages is self-dependence, self-protection, selfsupport.

We see reason sufficient in the outer conditions of human beings for individual liberty and development, but when we consider the self dependence of every human soul we see the need of courage, judgment, and the exercise of every faculty of mind and body, strengthened and developed by use, in woman as well as man. Whatever may be said of man’s protecting power in ordinary conditions, mid all the terrible disasters by land and sea, in the supreme moments of danger, alone woman must ever meet the horrors of the situation; the Angel of Death even makes no royal pathway for her.

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