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Resolution for Equal Voting Rights

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Representative George W. Julian introduced this resolution on December 8, 1868, to amend the Constitution so that “all citizens of the United States, whether native or naturalized” could vote “without any distinction or discrimination whatever founded on race, color, or sex.” House Joint Resolution 371 is one of the earliest resolutions for a constitutional amendment allowing all citizens to vote regardless of race or sex. The resolution was never put to a vote.

Having already focused on land policy and the abolition of slavery during his time in Congress, Representative Julian turned his attention to women’s suffrage. “I was prepared to enlist actively in the next grand movement in behalf of the sacredness and equality of human rights,” Julian stated about the proposed amendment in his memoir, Political Recollections.

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