Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited

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women's history out of the shadows, Anne Firor Scott contemplates the difference the vote has made. She provides a useful overview of suffrage as a historical subject, as a practical empowerment, and as an effective instrument of policymaking.

Today some of the predictions of women who never had the right to vote have been enacted by those who do. More women than men go to the polls, and women reveal statistically significant voting patterns from men in their partisan choices and in their attention to various issues. The meaning of suffrage to our national history will forever be unfinished from the perspective of historians who continue to find new stories. The women of the suffrage movement knew they were making history and so kept their records carefully. On another level, the unflinching assertion of previous generations of American women that the vote is the fundamental transaction within a democratic society remains a constant political reenactment for our present and future.


NOTES
1
Carrie Catt and Nettie Shuler, Woman Suffrage and Politics (New York: Scribners, 1923), 107.
2
Bonnie Anderson, Joyous Greetings: The First International Women's Movement, 1830–1860 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), ix.
3
Quoted in Julie Roy Jeffrey, The Great Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998), 1.
4
Joan Kelly-Gadol, “The Social Relations of the Sexes,” Signs 1 (Summer, 1976), 809–23.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents ix
  • Contributors xi
  • Votes for Women *
  • Introduction 3
  • Notes 20
  • 1 - The Case for Reform Antecedents for the Woman's Rights Movement 21
  • Notes 40
  • 2 - Sojourner Truth, Frances Watkins Harper, and the Struggle for Woman Suffrage 42
  • Notes *
  • 3 - The New York Woman's Movement and the Civil War 56
  • Notes 72
  • 4 - American Expansion and the Politics of Federalism, 1870–1890 77
  • Notes 87
  • 5 - Woman Suffrage in the West 90
  • Note 101
  • 6 - Southern Suffragists, the Nawsa, and the “Southern Strategy” in Context 102
  • Notes 114
  • 7 - The Anti-Suffrage Campaign 118
  • Notes 129
  • 8 - The Winning Plan 130
  • 9 - America and the Pankhursts 143
  • Notes 156
  • 10 - Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politics 159
  • Note 173
  • 11 - Alice Paul and the Politics of Nonviolent Protest 174
  • Notes 186
  • Epilogue 189
  • Notes 194
  • Bibliography 197
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