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The Passing of the Nineteenth Amendment

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The Passing of the Nineteenth Amendment

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Can you believe at one time women were not allowed to vote? It wasn't until the Nineteenth Amendment was passed in 1920 that women obtained this right. Throughout the history of America's government, the legislature has passed many different Amendments. One important amendment to women was the nineteenth. This Amendment deals with the issues of Women's suffrage. There was much controversy of whether or not woman should have the right to vote. Many different key women such as Elizabeth Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony devoted most of their lives to help obtain the passage of women's suffrage in America.

Many people wonder what women's suffrage is. Woman's suffrage is the right of women to vote. The woman who tried to gain suffrage, or fight for it, were called suffragists. The people who supported them and the drive for this new movement were also known as suffragists.

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States says, "The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or be abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex." This basically means that all people of the United States are allowed to vote whether they be a man or a woman. Many people today do not realize how hard women had to fight to get this right of equality. About a century ago, this issue was a very emotional subject. Many people did not agree and arguments about this often ended up in a street fight. Woman won the right to vote only after a long and heated time.

The fight for women's suffrage began in the early colonial days. After the United States became a nation, the Constitution gave the states the right to decide who should and could vote. There were some women who objected to not being allowed to vote. One woman by the name of Margaret Brent demanded a "place and voice" in the Maryland assembly as early as 1647. She was of course denied the vote by the all male council. Another lady, Anne Hutchinson, in...