This is the resolution proposing the Twenty-Fourth Amendment, which was ratified January 23, 1964, and grants that the right to vote shall not be denied by reason of failure by a U.S. Citizen to pay any poll tax. Poll taxes were used by some states during Reconstruction to prevent African Americans from voting.
Joint Resolution Proposing the Twenty-Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, 08/27/1962
To mark the celebration of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birthday on November 12, we are featuring one of the many women’s suffrage petitions she signed during her long career as a leader in the cause for women’s rights. Stanton helped organize the first petition campaign to Congress for women’s suffrage just after the Civil War. Hoping that women would be included in a Constitutional amendment proposed to protect African Americans’ right to vote, she worked with former abolitionists on a movement for Universal Suffrage. Although the movement failed to include women in the Fifteenth Amendment, Stanton continued to fight for women’s suffrage. The petition featured today was received by the Senate on December 21, 1871. While Stanton did not live to see the Nineteenth Amendment enacted, we admire her steadfast work today on behalf of all American women in honor of her birthday.
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Petition from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other, 12/21/1871, Records of the U.S. Senate (ARC 1634184)