Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting

Go to this link (http://www.gale.cengage.com/free_resources/whm/trials/anthony.htm) to read a short (1 page) summary of Susan B. Anthony’s trial for attempting to vote.

You need to understand why Anthony refused to pay her fine and avoid trial. She WANTED to bring the issue to court, and only someone who has been harmed by a law has the right to challenge a law in court.  The entire episode here is an example of civil disobedience– in registering to vote, in voting, and finally, in demanding to take the case to trial rather than to settle the incident quietly and allow it to fade away, which is exactly what the authorities wanted.

As yo read the summary, note the sometimes accidentally humorous (in the charge against her the prosecutor states that at the TIME she voted she was ____– as if she haad a choice) and note what happened when she attempted to take the stand. Note what the verdict was, and what the consequences for Anthony were.

Another great resource online on this incident is found here at http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/anthony/sbahome.html.

I would actually recommend that you bookmark the law school at UMKC’s website for use with all manner of legal questions and review. That and the Yale University Avalon project are particularly well-done.

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