The Ideology of Southern Antisuffragism
You may preach a thousand isms,
You may pass a million laws,
You will never cure an evil
If you fail to treat the cause.
If the coming generation
Would be strong and undefiled --
Then regenerate the mothers --
For the mother trains the child.
There is no regeneration
That will put a stop to sin
Save the righteous sense of humans
Working outward from within;
There is naught in "Votes for women"
Which will lead our steps aright,
But a host of praying mothers
Are colossal in their might.
Florence Goff Schwartz, from Key Pittman Papers, undated