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Susan B Anthony Womens Right to Vote 1872

Transcript of the Speech: Susan B Anthony Women's Right to Vote 1872 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 [...]

Jane Addams Why Women Should Vote 1915

For many generations it has been believed that woman's place is within the walls of her own home, and it is indeed impossible to imagine the time when her duty there shall be ended or to forecast any social change which shall release her from that [...]

Mary Church Terell What It Means to Be Colored 1906

Washington, D.C., has been called "The Colored Man's Paradise Whether."  this sobriquet was given to the national capital in bitter irony by a member of the handicapped race, as he reviewed some of his own persecutions and rebuffs, or whether it was given immediately after the [...]

Emma Goldman What is Patriotism 1908

Men and Women, What is patriotism? Is it love of one's birthplace, the place of childhood's recollections and hopes, dreams and aspirations? Is it the place where, in childlike naivete, we would watch the passing clouds, and wonder why we, too, could not float so swiftly? [...]

Eleanor Roosevelt The Importance of Libraries 1936

It has been a great pleasure to be here this evening and to hear all the things that have been said about libraries in the district and in general, and the librarians, without whom the libraries would be of little use, I am afraid. But as [...]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton The Destructive Male 1968

I urge a sixteenth amendment, because 'manhood suffrage,' or a man's government, is civil, religious, and social disorganization. The male element is a destructive force, stern, selfish, aggrandizing, loving war, violence, conquest, acquisition, breeding in the material and moral world alike discord, disorder, disease, and death. [...]

Cheryl Mills Statement on Impeachment 1999

Mr. Chief Justice, Managers from the House of Representatives, members of the Senate, good afternoon. My name is Cheryl Mills and I am deputy counsel to the president. I am honored to be here today on behalf of the president to address you. Today, incidentally, marked [...]

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech to the ACLU 1940

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad you gave an award to the press tonight, because that gave them the opportunity to tell us just what they could do.  Now we have come here tonight because of civil liberties.  I imagine a great many of you could [...]

Golda Meir Peace in the Middle East 1957

Mr. President, it is my privilege at the outset of my remarks to express to you the deep pleasure and satisfaction evoked in my country by your election to the highest office and the gift of the United Nations. Your integrity of purpose, your clarity of [...]