Women 's Suffrage Over The Fourteenth Amendment

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Kelsey Martin
Professor Edwards
U.S. History 1301.41
17 November 2015
Women’s Suffrage Over the Fifteenth Amendment In the 1860’s tensions were running high. Slavery was finally abolished, and one very important amendment passed in favor of African American men across America. The 15th amendment passed and many African American men were thrilled by the new freedom they had; the right to vote. However, many women were perturbed by the decision congress made on February 26, 1869. Which divulged, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude --” (US Const., amend. XV). Thus, no matter what race, any man can vote in any election they want. Unfortunately, it would be another fifty – one years until women would be granted to vote alongside their male counterparts. Therefore, the National Woman Suffrage Association found itself on the wrong side of the fifteenth amendment, while the American Woman Suffrage Association was on the appropriate side of history. At the beginning of the fight for women’s rights, there were two main ladies who immediately led the way. These two heroes of equality were Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Without these two strong women, we wouldn’t have a strong core stance on feminism like we do today. They formed the American Equal Rights Association for women and African Americans to help bolster equality in
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