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Susan B. Anthony Facts Leading Up To Her 1873 Speech on Voting Rights for Women:
In 1869 Susan B. Anthony and her close friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and campaigned for a constitutional amendment for universal suffrage in America.
Following the adoption for the 14th Amendment in 1868 which stated: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdictions thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside” - Susan B. Anthony argued that that this gave women the right to vote and in fact she and 14 other women voted in the 1872 presidential election.
They were all arrested.
But only Susan B. Anthony was indicted. In the several months between her indictment and her trial she traveled to various towns giving a speech to gain support for her position. That speech was titled: Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?
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