National Archives Offers A Glimpse Of The 19th Amendment Documents


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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