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Darrus JosephExplore WritingSpeaking of Human Rights04/03/2019Speaking of Human RightsThe human rights issue has been discussed and argued throughout the history of the world. Many people have taken a stand and became vocal on their experiences and distastes of the disdain for human rights shown by some people. Two notable persons who have taken the steps to better human rights are Susan B. Anthony and Elie Wiesel. Anthony’s specific human rights issue was centered around the suffrage for women’s rights. Wiesel’s main focus was centered on the results of indifference. Anthony and Wiesel are from two different time periods and cultures, but they shared the same belief insocial justice. Though, Anthony’s and Wiesel’s issues are the same their approaches were different on addressing their opinions in regard to tone, yet similar in their techniques of rhetoricSusan B. Anthony, born February 15, 1820, was an American writer, lecturer, and abolitionist who was a leading figure in the women’s voting rights movement ("Susan B. Anthony", 2019). In 1869, Anthony with co-founder Elizabeth Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association (“Susan B.Anthony”, 2019). Shortly afterwards in 1872 she was arrested for voting illegally in the presidential election. It was illegal for women to vote in elections during this time period. In response Anthony wrote the speech, “On Women’s Rights to Vote.” Anthony’s speech had a tone that canbe perceived as assertive and full of sincerity. For example, she made the statement, “Friends and fellow citizens: I standbefore you tonight under indictment for the alleged crime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having a lawful right to vote (Anthony, 1872). 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 rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of1 | P a g e
Darrus JosephExplore WritingSpeaking of Human Rights04/03/2019any state to deny (Anthony, 1872).” Though Anthony was being defensive and assertive on her arrest sheis also defending the rights of all women by taking a stand.

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