The Fundamental Principles Of A Republic

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In June of 1915, the United States is fighting World War One in Europe, while women, including Anna Howard Shaw, continue to fight for suffrage rights at home. As the war rages on, women commit to their suffrage movements by giving speeches and marching in parades. On June 21, Shaw persuasively speaks to the people of New York at an equal suffrage campaign as they prepare to vote on a law concerning women’s suffrage rights. She intends to give evidence to her listeners and persuade them to support the women of New York and eventually all of the women in America, to vote. Shaw uses “The Fundamental Principles of a Republic” to prove the true purpose of the women 's suffrage movement, expose the illogical arguments of her opposition, and to convince all of her listeners (the male voters of New York) to vote for women’s right to vote through logical and rational arguments. In Shaw’s speech, she questions America’s identity as a true republic because of the inability to escape the past conceptions of woman’s place in society, and she uses logic to argue the necessity of moving forward to create equality for all types of people, regardless of gender or race. She claims that all people should be equal in a republic. Therefore, America is only partially a republic because women are not given the same rights as men nor the right to vote. Although she belittles the character of the founding fathers “who succumbed to the same sort of prejudices that had driven them from
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