Subversive Historian – 11/05/08

Susan B Anthony “Illegally” Votes

One-hundred and thirty-six years ago on this day in people’s history, Susan B. Anthony voted for President almost fifty years prior to women’s suffrage. On November 5th, 1872, the pivotal leader of the 19th century women’s rights movement cast her ballot on the belief that the fourteenth amendment gave such enfranchisement. Her weekly paper, “The Revolution,” printed a legal analysis that argued that section I of the new amendment was without gender specificity in securing all rights of citizens of the United States. Weeks later after the election, Anthony was arrested for her defiant act and chose to remain in prison rather than post bail herself. Months later, the trial “United States v. Susan B. Anthony,” rendered her guilty for the supposed crime of “unlawfully voting.” She was then ordered to pay a $100 fine, but refused to do so.

When the judge in the case read the sentence of the court, Anthony replied in kind, “I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God!”


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