A Reform Against Nature: Woman Suffrage and the Rethinking of American Citizenship, 1840-1920

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Political Science - 189 pages
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Debates over women's suffrage filled the pages of nineteenth-century articles, speeches, and books. Early natural rights justifications gave way to those based on women's special characteristics - characteristics used by vehement anti-suffragists to justify women's exclusion from the polity. These questions over natural rights reappeared in immigration and naturalization debates, which also attracted the print media's attention. This shift in the rationale for inclusion in the suffrage debates paved the way for a reorientation of American views - from citizenship as a right, to citizenship as a privilege - a view that informed America's response to questions of immigration and naturalization in the early twentieth century.

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The Author: Carolyn Summers Vacca received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester, New York, and has taught at the State University of New York at Brockport and at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York. As historian of Monroe County, New York, she has produced publications on local women’s history, including the booklet No Ordinary Women, as well as articles on the local homefront response to World War II.

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