Essay Question: Many new amendments were passed during “The Age of Reform” After reviewing Chapter 21 which amendment do you feel was the most important. Why did you choose this amendment?
After reading and reviewing this chapter I believe that during “The Age of Reform” the 19th amendment was the most important. The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote and ended the fight for women suffrage. The 19th amendment was passed by congress on June 4th, 1990 and later ratified on August 18th, 1920, it guaranteed all American women the right to vote (1). Reaching this milestone took decades of activism and protest.
The movement that ultimately helped congress pass the 19th amendment was the women suffrage movement. Some of the key activists were Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, also known as the original authors of the 19th amendment (2). In 1848, activists for women’s rights launched on a national level with their convention in Seneca Falls, New York (3). The women suffrage movement argued that, “the right women needed above every other… was the right of suffrage (1).” After the convention the women began to demand votes by raising awareness to the public and lobbing the government to grant women the right to vote (3). Between when the amendment was first introduced to congress in 1878 to when it was ratified in 1920 woman fought constantly until they reached their goal. It was a long battle for the women, taking nearly forty years before congress even considered ratifying the 19th amendment. On August 18th, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage (3).
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