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Packard, Elizabeth - Civil Rights Advocate - Preface

Packard, Elizabeth - Civil Rights Advocate (Illustration) Government Law and Politics Nineteenth Century Life American History Civil Rights Ethics Social Studies

 

The improbable story of Elizabeth Packard, which she had to publish herself in 1868, led to changes in the law which helped other American women.  Image online, courtesy Archive.org.

 

...the most sensible people 
on earth 
are exposed to suffer 
a life-long imprisonment, 
from the folly 
of some undeveloped, misguided person.

Elizabeth Packard 
The Prisoners' Hidden Life 
(1868)

 

Susan B. Anthony once said women in America would never be truly free until women could vote. Her point was pretty simple. When people vote, they have the power to elect representatives who make the laws.

People who make laws listen to their constituents. If a lawmaker has no female constituents, why would he care what women think?

The story of Elizabeth Packard illustrates Susan Anthony's point. 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5139stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jun 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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