Two hundred thousand people stood out in front of the Lincoln Memorial Monument on the 28th of August, 1963, lead by the tongues of musicians, artists, poets, and writers rather than politicians and leaders. It was the dawn of a new age in American history, a novel dawn of reason. Mostly young people, who were able to overcome religion, race, sex and all other physical aspects of the human kind stood in search of freedom and liberty, as was promised to their ancestors in the words of the Declaration of Independence.
Ever since the great migrations at the beginning of the 20th century, when over 1. 2 million immigrants came rushing in through Manhattan’s doors in seek of a better life, America’s society has stirred and evolved more than that of any other nation on the planet. It was the harsh economic situation, which followed Napoleon’s defeat in 1815, and the stench which had foreshadowed the beginning of a new war which had forced the peoples of so many European countries to move out of their homes and settle into a new and more promising land.
America was not only a new world in physical means; it was a world which had new, better rules. Freedom had been promised to all who were to step on its lands. Its constitution had spoken in a most loud and proud manner; “All men are created equal”. Unfortunately, this truth was not visible, even in the cracks and nooks of society. In that time the people did not give attention to problems such as discrimination. In Bob Dylan’s unpublished notes, he states; “It was too cold to be rebellious. The weather had equalized everything.
There was not much philosophy; and it was a more simple time. There was simply no idiom, or ideology to go against. ” However, the first step to fulfilling society’s equality was on the horizon, for the first protests for women’s equality had begun. It took a whole six decades before women gained the right to vote. The movement had been divided by fighting all until 1848, when pioneer feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott had organized the Seneca Falls Convention to push for women’s rights, uniting in 1890 under the banner of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
The association later evolved into the League of Woman Voters, which still plays a significant role in the U. S. election process. Overall, the Nineteenth Amendment was the product of nonviolent organized effort of women suffragists, and it was much more than the welcoming of both genders at the poll. It was the beginning of a century long process known as the forming of a new and libelous America.