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Votes for women : the struggle for suffrage revisited
Baker, Jean H.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiii, 199 pages ; 24 cm.
The case for reform antecedents for the woman's rights movement / Alison M. Parker -- Voices of suffrage: Sojourner Truth, Frances Watkins Harper, and the struggle for woman suffrage / Nell Irvin Painter -- New York strategy: the New York woman's movement and the Civil War / Faye Dudden -- Woman suffrage in Congress: American expansion and the politics of Federalism, 1870-1890 / Allison Sneider -- Pioneers at the polls: woman suffrage in the West / Rebecca Edwards -- Race, reform, and reaction at the turn of the century: southern suffragists, the NAWSA, and the "southern strategy" in context / Marjorie Julian Spruill -- Female opposition: the anti-suffrage campaign / Thomas Jablonsky -- Carrie Chapman Catt and the last years of the struggle for woman suffrage: "the winning plan" / Robert Booth Fowler and Spencer Jones -- America and the Pankhursts / Christine Bolt -- The next generation: Harriot Stanton Blatch and grassroots politics / Ellen Carol DuBois -- Alice Paul and the politics of nonviolent protest / Linda Ford.
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1530 Lexile.
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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. Fromthe 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 thesefinely-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 andstate 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 ininterpretations 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.

Author Notes

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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Baker (Goucher College) brings together finely researched, developed, and argued essays--and thus multiple perspectives--about the campaigns for suffrage that ultimately concluded in 1920 with the 19th Amendment with these. Of particular interest are those by Faye Dudden, Rebecca Edwards, and Marjorie Julian Spruill, which explore the specific regional, social, and political contexts of movements for woman suffrage in New York, the West, and the South, respectively. Thomas Jablonsky provides a fascinating analysis of antisuffrage movements, and how antisuffragist women relied on gender, national, and eventually racial ideologies in support of their cause. Framed by Baker's fine introduction and Anne Firor Scott's equally insightful epilogue, this collection challenges the notion that there was a single, unified perspective on the campaign--even among its recognized leaders--while also offering a better understanding of the complexity of American politics and society during the mid-19th and early-20th centuries. Highly recommended for undergraduate and graduate collections in US political, social, and women's history, women's studies, and political science. Accessible and provocative for all levels of readership. K. J. Leong Arizona State University

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Votes for Womenp. 2
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 20
1 The Case for Reform Antecedents for the Woman's Rights Movementp. 21
Notesp. 40
2 Sojourner Truth, Frances Watkins Harper, and the Struggle for Woman Suffragep. 42
Notesp. 53
3 The New York Woman's Movement and the Civil Warp. 56
Notesp. 72
4 American Expansion and the Politics of Federalism, 1870-1890p. 77
Notesp. 87
5 Woman Suffrage in the Westp. 90
Notep. 101
6 Southern Suffragists, the Nawsa, and the "Southern Strategy" in Contextp. 102
Notesp. 114
7 The Anti-Suffrage Campaignp. 118
Notesp. 129
8 The Winning Planp. 130
9 America and the Pankhurstsp. 143
Notesp. 156
10 Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politicsp. 159
Notep. 173
11 Alice Paul and the Politics of Nonviolent Protestp. 174
Notesp. 186
Epiloguep. 189
Notesp. 194
Bibliographyp. 197