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Susan B. Anthony

How long was Susan B. Anthony in jail?


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December 05, 2008 5:08PM

The sentence of the Court was that she pay a fine of one hundred dollars and the costs of the prosecution. Anthony replied saying "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a $10,000 debt, incurred by publishing my paper- The Revolution -four years ago, the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your manmade, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the government; and I shall work on with might and main to pay every dollar of that honest debt, but not a penny shall go to this unjust claim. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." Judge Hunt ended the trial by announcing, "Madam, the Court will not order you committed until the fine is paid." True to her word, Anthony never paid a penny of her fine. So therefore Susan B. Anthony never spent a day in jail!