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We have come to stay : American women and political parties, 1880-1960
Gustafson, Melanie S.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Partisan and nonpartisan: the political career of Judith Ellen Foster, 1881-1910 / Melanie Gustafson -- Gender, class, and the transformation of electoral campaigns in the Gilded Age / Rebecca Edwards -- Redefining "The Political": socialist women and party politics in California, 1900-1920 / Sherry J. Katz -- Unseen influence: Lucretia Blankenburg and the rise of Philadelphia reform politics in 1911 / Drew E. VandeCreek -- "Women Demand Recognition": women candidates in Colorado's election of 1912 / Robyn Muncy -- African American women as political constituents in Chicago, 1913-1915 / Wanda A. Hendricks -- "Eager and Anxious to Work": Daisy Harriman and the presidential election of 1912 / Kristie Miller -- Mapping a national campaign strategy: partisan women in the presidential election of 1916 / Molly M. Wood -- Culture and strategy?: women in New York state parties, 1917-1930 / Anna L. Harvey -- Defying the party Whip: Mary Garrett Hay and the Republican Party, 1917-1920 / Elisabeth Israels Perry -- Evolution of a partisan: Emily Newell Blair and the Democratic party, 1920-1932 / Kathryn Anderson -- "Me for Ma": Miriam Ferguson and Texas politics in the 1920s and 1930s / Nancy Beck Young -- "There is No Sex in Citizenship": the career of Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahn / Glenna Matthews -- Anna Wilmarth Ickes: a staunch woman Republican / Maureen A. Flanagan -- "She Is the Best Man on the Ward Committee": women in grassroots party organizations, 1930s-1950s / Paula Baker -- Soledad Chavez Chacon, Adelina Otero-Warren, and Concha Ortiz y Pino: three hispana politicians in New Mexico politics, 1920-1940 / Elizabeth Salas -- Legislated parity: mandating integration of women into California political parties, 1930s-1950s / Jaqueline R. Braitman.
Reading Level:
1560 Lexile.

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This book demonstrates convincingly that women have been immersed in partisan politics since the Gilded Age, and not as had been thought only since the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Women's different political styles have influenced party strategy, changed structures and coloured ideology.

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Based in primary sources, these essays explore women's participation in American party politics between 1880 and 1960. Organized chronologically, the studies focus on women's involvement in major political parties in the first half of the 20th century, an overlooked arena for women's activism. Republicans, Democrats, Socialists, Progressives, Populists are all represented. The title of the volume is taken from a speech given by Judith Ellen Foster, whose story is the first told, at the Republican National Convention of 1892. In addition to the predominantly Euramerican cast of characters, the authors have included an essay on African American women in Chicago and a study of three Hispana [sic] politicians in New Mexico, as well as the chronicle of the first Jewish American women representative to Congress. Just as the contributors claim that women's progress inside political parties has been uneven, so, too, is this volume. The inclusion of Ma Ferguson of Texas, in particular, illustrates the weakness of the editorial policy of including women simply because they were women (often the wives of men who served) and not because they were concerned about either progressive social policy or change in the organizational relationships between men and women, making the volume of limited use as a scholarly resource. A. J. Russ Wells College

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter One Partisan and Nonpartisan The Political Career of Judith Ellen Foster, 1881-1910p. 1
Chapter Two Gender, Class, and The Transformation of Electoral Campaigns in the Gilded Agep. 13
Chapter Three Redefining ""The Political"" Socialist Women and Party Politics in California, 1900-1920p. 23
Chapter Four Unseen Influence Lucretia Blankenburg and the Rise of Philadelphia Reform Politics in 1911p. 33
Chapter Five ""Women Demand Recognition"" Women Candidates in Colorado's Election of 1912p. 45
Chapter Six African American Women As Political Constituents In Chicago, 1913-1915p. 55
Chapter Seven ""Eager and Anxious to Work"" Daisy Harriman and the Presidential Election of 1912p. 65
Chapter Eight Mapping a National Campaign Strategy Partisan Women in the Presidential Election of 1916p. 77
Chapter Nine Culture or Strategy? Women in New York State Parties, 1917-1930p. 87
Chapter Ten Defying the Party Whip Mary Garrett Hay and the Republican Party, 1917-1920p. 97
Chapter Eleven Evolution of a Partisan Emily Newell Blair and the Democratic Party, 1920-1932p. 109
Chapter Twelve ""Me for Ma"" Miriam Ferguson and Texas Politics in the 1920s and 1930sp. 121
Chapter Thirteen ""There is No Sex in Citizenship"" The Career of Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahnp. 131
Chapter Fourteen Anna Wilmarth Ickes A Staunch Woman Republicanp. 141
Chapter Fifteen ""She is the Best Man on the Ward Committee"" Women in Grassroots Party Organizations, 1930s-1950sp. 151
Chapter Sixteen Soledad Chávez Chacón Adelina Otero-Warren, And Concha Ortiz Y Pino Three Hispana Politicians in New Mexico Politics, 1920-1940p. 161
Chapter Seventeen Legislated Parity Mandating Integration of Women into California Political Parties, 1930s-1950sp. 175
Works Citedp. 187
Indexp. 195
Notes on Contributorsp. 203