Lot 1: Original 19th Amendment "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution extending the right of suffrage to women."
15th November 2018
This is an incredible piece of history. This original true copy was used to help pass the 19th amendment. True copies were sent out by the Secretary of State, after the original H.J. Res. 1 -- "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution extending the right of suffrage to women.", was voted on and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, which voted on May 21 and June 4, 1919, respectively, to pass H.J. Res. 1 -- "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution extending the right of suffrage to women." Once the joint resolution was enrolled, it was sent to the states for ratification via the Secretary of State. According to the Statute at Large (41 Stat 362), the original was deposited in the Department of State on June 5, 1919.This true original copy was used to help ratify the 19th amendment which needed a majority of the states to vote on it and pass it in their own legislators for it to become part of the constitution it had to be ratified by 35 states. Within a few days, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan ratified the amendment, their legislatures being in session. Other states followed suit at a regular pace, until the amendment had been ratified by 35 of the necessary 36 state legislatures. Much of the opposition to the amendment came from Southern Democrats, a trend which remained consistent with Tennessee as the last state to pass the amendment, during a special session right before the ratification period was to expire. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee narrowly approved the Nineteenth Amendment, with 50 of 99 members of the Tennessee House of Representatives voting yes. This provided the final ratification necessary to add the amendment to the Constitution.This is an incredible and important document related to woman suffrage and the right to vote regardless of sex. To place a bid go to www.oneofakindauctions.com
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