Quotation by Susan B. Anthony

... in your ordered verdict of guilty you have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually but all of my sex are, by your honor's verdict, doomed to political subjection under this so-called republican form of government.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 25, by Ida Husted Harper (1898).

Anthony was found guilty of having voted, in violation of the law which prohibited women from voting, on November 5, 1872, in Rochester, New York. Convicted on June 17, 1873, she said this in response to Judge Ward Hunt's question, "Has the prisoner anything to say why sentence shall not be pronounced?"
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