Memorial of Dr. Mary E. Walker, introduced in the Senate by Dr. Walker on January 16, 1873, and calling card. 1873

ALMS-1873-01a Memorial of Dr. Mary E. Walker-Bill Introduction Reprint.JPG
ALMS-1873-01c Calling Card of Dr Mary E Walker.JPG

Title

Memorial of Dr. Mary E. Walker, introduced in the Senate by Dr. Walker on January 16, 1873, and calling card. 1873

Description

Mary Walker was a physician and social reformer from Oswego, New York. She believed in a suffrage strategy known as the "New Departure." Proponents of this strategy argued that voting was a natural right of
citizenship, guaranteed in by the Constitution through the Fourteenth Amendment. Since women were citizens, they already had the right to vote. She never accepted the idea that women needed another constitutional amendment to vote, and referred to this as her "crowning constitutional argument."

Her speech to the Senate in 1873 affirms this belief and requests that they pass a law that would simply protect women and leave them free to exercise their rights at the polls on election days. The proposed bill is included on page two. At the bottom of page two is a handwritten note: "Introduced in the Senate...Jan. 16th 1873"

Date

1873-01-16

Subject

Citizenship
Memorials (Legal)
United States. Constitution. 14th Amendment
Walker, Mary Edwards, 1832-1919
Women--Suffrage--New York

Creator

Walker, Mary Edwards, 1832-1919

Contributor

United States. Congress (42nd, 3rd session : 1872-1873)

Relation

ALMS.1873.02
"The Crowning Constitutional Argument"

Format

Reprint: 1 sheet ([1] p.)

Language

English

Identifier

ALMS.1873.01

Coverage

Washington, D.C.

Original Format

Reprints
Visiting cards

Physical Dimensions

Reprint: 20 cm.
Visiting card: 5 cm.

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