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For Susan B. Anthony

February 15, 1907 — National American Woman Suffrage Association Convention, Music Hall, Fine Arts Building, Chicago IL


My presence on this platform shows that the gracious spirit of Miss Anthony still survives in her followers. . . .

When Miss Anthony took up the cause of women she did not know them by their color, nationality, creed or birth, she stood only for the emancipation of women from the thraldom of sex. She became an invincible champion of anti-slavery. In the half century of her unremitting struggle for liberty, more liberty, and complete liberty for negro men and women in chains and for white women in their helpless subjection to man’s laws, she never wavered, never doubted, never compromised. She held it to be mockery to ask man or woman to be happy or contented if not free. She saw no substitute for liberty. When slavery was overthrown and the work of reconstruction began she was still unwearied and watchful. She had an intimate acquaintance with the leading statesmen of the times. Her judgment and advice were respected and heard in much of the legislation that gave a status of citizenship to the millions of slaves set free.



Source: The History of Woman Suffrage, Vol. 5, 1900-1920, ed. Ida Husted Harper (1922).