Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement

Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement

Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement

Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement

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When, during the last decade, the great suffrage parades,--armies of women with banners, orange and black, yellow and blue and purple and green and gold,-- went marching through the streets of the cities and towns of America; when "suffrage canvassers," knocking at the doors of America, were a daily sight; when the suffragist on the soap box was heard on every street corner; when huge suffrage mass meetings were packing auditoriums from end to end of the country; when lively "suffrage stunts" were rousing and stirring the public; when suffrage was in everybody's mouth and on the front page of every newspaper, few paused to ask how it all started, where it all came from. It was just there, like breakfast.

To the unimaginative man on the street corner, watching one of those suffrage parades, the long lines of marching women may have seemed to come out of nowhere, to have no starting place, no connection with his grandmother and his great grandmother. To the same man the insistent tapping of those suffrage canvassers, the commotion of the suffrage mass meetings, the repetition of those suffrage stunts, the incessant news of suffrage in the daily press, may have seemed unrelated acts, irrelevant to social history. Yet it was all part of social . . .

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