Speech by Susan B. Anthony – The Right To Vote!

Delivered in twenty-nine of the Post Office Districts of Monroe, and twenty-one of the Ontario, in her canvass of those Countries, prior to her trial in June, 1873.

Friends and Fellow-citizens: I stand before you to-night, under indictment for the alleged crime of having voted at the last Presidential election, without having a lawful right to vote. It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen’s right,guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any State to deny.