Before Equal Suffrage: Women in Partisan Politics from Colonial Times to 1920

By Robert J. Dinkin | Go to book overview

Chapter 2
The Early National and Jacksonian Periods

Women's participation in partisan politics during the first several decades under the new federal Constitution must be divided into two parts. The initial decades--the 1790s through the 1820s--sometimes referred to as the Early National period, would see women playing a slightly larger political role than before. Occasionally they even engaged in open electioneering. For example, a Frenchman observing election day proceedings in Virginia in 1791 reported that in some towns "women go about canvassing, running from shop to shop; they beg for votes."1 However, most of the female politicking undertaken at the time probably still occurred behind the scenes. Not until the 1830s and 1840s, in the so-called Jacksonian era, do we find women engaged in public political activity on a broad scale.


THE EARLY NATIONAL PERIOD

The period began with certain women of one state still being permitted to vote. The New Jersey Constitution of 1776 had opened the way for property-holding single women to exercise the suffrage, and they would for a time continue to do so. Indeed, in 1790, such voting was reaffirmed by statute, and the numbers at the polls gradually increased. Both parties in the state--the Federalists and the Republicans--actively campaigned for women's votes, especially around the turn of the century when the struggle between the two reached its highest levels. Yet within a few years, the Federalists, who had initially benefited the most from female voting,

-19-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Before Equal Suffrage: Women in Partisan Politics from Colonial Times to 1920
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 170

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.