The Ideas of the Woman Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920
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The Ideas of the Woman Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920

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What united and moved millions of women to seek a right that their society denied them? What were their beliefs about the nature of the home, marriage, sex, politics, religion, immigrants, blacks, labor, the state? In this book, Aileen S. Kraditor selects a group of suffragist leaders and investigates their thinking the ideas, and tactics, with which they battled the ideas...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 17th 1981 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Over winter break I wanted to answer the question of how did women convince men to give them the vote, especially without having to resort to violence. In 1964, Kraditor asked herself the same questions and looked through primary sources of the movement to analyze the argument on several fronts: religious, labor, regional, and tactical. She claims that the early movement had the liberty to focus on idealized versions of the argument while there was little practical hope of obtaining the vote. Ea...more
Kraditor's intellectual history of the woman suffrage movement advances a strange sort of thesis, coming from an intellectual historian: the ideas of the movement (and its enemies) were very powerful and important, but were also developed ad hoc. Indeed, the main rationale for extending the vote to American women changed fundamentally between 1890 and the passage of the 19th Amendment. There was no grand tradition of feminist suffrage philosophy to call upon; activists deployed whatever argument...more
Apr 20, 2008 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is an intellectual history of the suffrage movement, focusing more on ideas than individuals.
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