Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited

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Jean H. Baker
Oxford University Press, Mar 14, 2002 - History - 216 pages
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In Votes For Women, Jean H. Baker has assembled an impressive collection of new scholarship on the struggle of American women for the suffrage. Each of the eleven essays illuminates some aspect of the long battle that lasted from the 1850s to the passage of the suffrage amendment in 1920. From the movement's antecedents in the minds of women like Mary Wollstonecraft and Frances Wright, to the historic gathering at Seneca Falls in 1848, to the civil disobedience during World War I orchestrated by the National Woman's Party, the essential elements of this tumultuous story emerge in these finely-tuned chapters. So too do the themes and historical controversies about suffrage and its leaders, including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul. Contributors focus on how the suffrage battle was interwoven with constitutional issues at the federal and state level and how the suffrage struggle played out in different regions, especially the West and the South, as well as the activities of opponents to women's voting. Baker's introductory essay sets the stage for revisiting suffrage by making explicit the similarities and differences in interpretations of suffrage and shows how the movement intersected with other events in American history and cannot be studied in isolation from them. This volume is essential reading for those interested in American politics and women's formal participation in it.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Case for Reform Antecedents for the Womans Rights Movement
21
Sojourner Truth Frances Watkins Harper and the Struggle for Woman Suffrage
42
The New York Womans Movement and the Civil War
56
American Expansion and the Politics of Federalism 18701890
77
Woman Suffrage in the West
90
Southern Suffragists the NAWSA and the Southern Strategy in Context
102
The AntiSuffrage Campaign
118
The Winning Plan
130
9 America and the Pankhursts
143
Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politics
159
11 Alice Paul and the Politics of Nonviolent Protest
174
Epilogue
189
Bibliography
197
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About the author (2002)

Jean H. Baker is Professor of History at Goucher College. She is the author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography and The Stevensons: Biography of an American Family, among other books.

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