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Friends and fellow citizens: I stand before you tonight 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 coting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen’s rights, guatanteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny. The preamble of the Federal Constitution says: “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this
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Unformatted text preview: Constitution for the United States of America. It was we, the people; not we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people-women as well as men. The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not. Being persons, then women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any law, or to enforce any old law; that shall abridge their privileges or immunities....
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