Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Women's suffrage The 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted the amendment and first introduced it in 1878; it was forty-one years later, in 1919, when the Congress submitted the amendment to the states for ratification. A year later, it is ratified by Tennessee on August 18, 1920, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land.

As America was the first country in which was made the experiment of a representative government by men, it is natural that it should be the first in which women asked a representation. The very first woman to make this demand, so far as known, was Mistress Margaret Brent, of Maryland, in 1647. She was heir of Lord Calvert, the brother of Lord Baltimore, and executor of the estates of both in the colony, and, as representation in the Legislature was based on property, she demanded "place and voyce"—two votes—in that body. Her petition was hotly debated for several hours and finally denied. The precedent was then established which Legislatures have been following ever since when women have petitioned for "place and voyce."

Title: WOMAN SUFFRAGE. AT WHITE HOUSE WITH BANNERS. Creator(s): Harris & Ewing, photographer. Date Created/Published: 1914. Medium: 1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-hec-03677 (digital file from original negative)

Women's suffrage The 19th Amendment

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Call Number: LC-H261- 3457 [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Notes: Title from unverified caption data received with the Harris & Ewing Collection.
Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at Temp. note: Batch one.

Subjects: United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.) Format: Glass negatives. Collections: Harris & Ewing Collection. Part of: Harris & Ewing Collection (Library of Congress)


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