When susan B. Anthony was wrongly arrested she went on trial. She died before she got out why was she never pardoned?--ynez, 6 grade
When Susan B. Anthony broke the law in 1873 she went on trial for voting before it was legal for women to vote. She was found guilty and went to jail. One-hundred-and-seventy-three years late, President Trump decided that he was going to pardon Susan B. Anthony to get the attention of voters. As anticipated, he has caught people totally by surprise with the offer. However, he ran into some unexpected problems when the Susan B. Anthony museum rejected his offer.
According to an article in NPR by Neda Ulaby, Trump said, “ She was never pardoned… did you know she was never pardoned?” Many people shocked to hear this were happy. However, Deborah L. Hughes, head of the Susan B. Anthony Museum was not so jazzed.
The Susan B. Anthony museum rejected Trump's pardon, using Susan B. Anthony's own diary as proof she did not want to be pardoned. “Objection Mr. President,” said Hughes, “ Susan B. Anthony must decline your offer of a pardon.” She and the museum would not allow something Susan B. Anthony never wanted to. Antony intended on making a point and that is why she never paid the fine. They quoted from the diary: “I shall never pay a penny for your unjust penalty.”
Many believe that Trump is making himself look better by pretending like he honors voters and the voting system. He is also making it harder to vote by mail by taking money resources from the Post Office. One last thing he is doing to slow voting is creating laws or shutting down polling stations to make it harder for people to vote.
As many people know, Donald Trump has a poor history with women's rights. So to many people it was strange that he would pardon Susan B. Anthony, a historical figure that fought for women's rights and equality. If we turn back the clock we see that he has done nothing to help women equality . CNN said, “Today's GOP [Trumps political party] continues to oppose many of the feminist goals Anthony advocated for, and certainly the feminist movement she helped to found.”