Margaret Brent – July 7, 1647

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s July 7, 1647. I’m in Maryland with the governor’s executor, Margaret Brent.

JG: “Margaret, why are you in debate with the Maryland Assembly?”

MB: “Mr. Gillespie, as a landowner, business person, and free citizen of Maryland, I am guaranteed voting rights and participation. I will fight to see that women in this great colony of Maryland obtain them.”

While never receiving full voting privileges, Margaret Brent did help advance the cause of voting for women in America.

Read the full text of the Nineteenth Amendment (Women’s Right to Vote), which was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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