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National Archives Offers A Glimpse Of The 19th Amendment Documents

August 19, 2010 by  

National Archives offers a glimpse of the 19th Amendment documents In an effort to highlight the milestones of American history and offer a new perspective on those events as well as current political initiatives, the National Archives and Records Administration has launched a project to share information about documents that are relevant to national holidays, anniversaries and other events.

The Archives are marking the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

The amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, capping a struggle that had lasted more than 40 years.

Documents—including the amendment’s text and high-resolution images as well as the petition to Congress for the right to vote signed by Susan B. Anthony—are available on the Archives’ website.

In celebrating the milestone the nation’s record keeper cited Tennessee State Representative Harry Burn, whose vote was among those critical to the ratification of the amendment, as saying just one day after the vote that "I believe in full suffrage as a right. I believe we had a moral and legal right to ratify.”

The National Archives initiative uses their own original records as well as those from its 13 Presidential libraries and 14 regional facilities.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19926116-ADNFCR

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  • dan az

    I think they should give free copies to all liberals so as to give them the research that they need so badly.

  • s c

    That’s all well and good, but at the same time, all Americans (and all potential Americans) need to realize that the 19th Amendment doesn’t stand by itself. It is an integral part of the U S Constitution.
    Some day, maybe America will have enough people who have read and understand the Constitution and know that the Constitution must be enforced as a whole – not selectively.

    • Sarge 907

      The problems not that the Constituton is being used selectively,it’s that the Founder’s work is being totally ignored.

      • http://eachstateretaliate.blogspot.com/ Tea Party Tim

        No, it is being used selectively. It is being used as another means that justifies the ends. When it is useful it is being used, when it is not it is being ignored.

        The mosque at ground zero is a perfect example. The ability to mandate healthcare and then determine that the mandate is actually a tax is selective use of the Constitution.

  • 45caliber

    The really sad thing is that the Constitution is no longer taught in school except as a small part (very small) of American History. We need to require Civics again so that every person graduating from high school will KNOW what their rights and privileges are – and how they can work to keep them. They need to know WHY the Constitution says what it does and what it expects of all citizens. Then we may be able to insure we keep our freedoms.

    As long as the youth are taught that the government gives everything and is all-important, we cannot expect to retain our freedoms for our grandchildren.

    • dan az

      45
      I agree 100%

    • http://charter.net susanburnette

      amen

  • ABinGA

    45 – Agreed. When my son was in High School a few years back and in JROTC I could not believe the number of kids that had not the foggiest idea about what the Constitution was. They might not have been taught about it in the regular cirriculam but Major made sure he drummed it into their heads when he got them.

  • viktor leben

    Was it the right thing to do ? Was giving women more rights good for the country ? I have mixed feelings about this issue. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea giving women the right to vote….

    • Elizabeth M Moore

      Why would anyone in today’s world question the right of women to vote?

    • monkeysue

      Are you muslim????

  • http://koolha12@yahoo.com Sidney Smith

    need to see the March 12, 1819 organic 13th Amendment that has never been repealed – a citizen becomes a lawyer, lost his ciizenship and cannot hold government Office, still a part of the Supreme law the Land
    thank you
    sidney smith

  • http://personallibertydigest Dana PA

    We as women may not always make the right decisions however Thank-God for the right to vote. For years now I have said it is only a short step for us as women to be made second, or lower class again in this country, We must never let this happen. Look at the countries that have women as second class citizens, I, do and see countries that are backwards and out of touch. Countries where it is all right to beat, kill, maim, and do what ever they believe is right. Countries where they believe it is alright to molest, marry, and marry more than one woman, and the women in most cases are only 6+ years old. Thank-you suffragettes (sp) .

  • http://personallibertydigest Betty

    You tell them DANA yougo girl in this case woman

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