Sources on the Suffrage Movement

Original Query - Item 1571
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 1995

does anyone have suggestions for good histories of the women's suffrage movement (i have dubois and cott already) -- i need to check some facts, and so all-inclusive sources would be very handy (encyclopedias, too!). thanks much,

Alana J. Erickson

Response 1 - Item 1577
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995

A new series that is helpful is a video and a book entitled ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE edited by Majorie Spruill Wheeler.

Joyce Hanson, University of CT

Response 2 -- Item 1578
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995

Re: Alana Erickson's query about sources on "the" suffrage movement. Do you mean U.S. only? If not, see for comparative purposes the new collection, BEYOND SUFFRAGE, edited by Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan, and published in the US by New York University Press. This is world-wide suffrage movement as seen from "down under," where the first women actually got the national vote, first in New Zealand, then in Australia.

karen offen
phone: home (415) 851-1908

office (415) 723-1994
Institute for Research on Women and Gender Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-8640

Response 3 -- Item 1579
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995

An excellent source for the rhetoric of the suffrage movement is a two-volume set by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell called <Man Cannot Speak For Her> (Praeger, 1989). It contains original texts of speeches from most members of the suffrage movement as well as commentary about the rhetorical qualities of the speeches. Campbell deals particularly well with the constraints women faced in speaking in public. Excellent historical detail.

Good Luck!

Cara A Finnegan
Northwestern University

Response 4 -- Item 1580
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995

In addition to History of Woman Suffrage (Anthony,, for the west, I find Beverly Beeton's book Women Vote in the West: The Suffrage Movement 1869-1896 to be the most comprehensive (published in 1986 by Garland, NY). Another excellent source for western suffrage is T. A. Larson who wrote serveral articles that have been puslished in western quarterlys. For Colorado specifically, the Colorado Heritage, Colorado Historical Society, published a special Woman Suffrage Centennial issue in Spring 1993, and includes a bibliographic essay. I call my local book store frequently to see if a new book has arrived, Woman Suffrage and the Origins of Liberal Feminism in the United States, 1920-1920, by Suzanne M. Marilley (Harvard University Press).

I have more if you have specific questions for specific states as I have completed the suffrage section of a book that will be published by CQ next year, Women and Politics, 1900-1995, A Selected Bibliography. (the complete book has 5,000 entries).

However, I am still looking for an entry for woman suffrage in HAWAII TERRITORY that was granted by the territorial legislature in 1921. I have entries for all the states and Alaska Territory and Puerto Rico. Anyone out there in Hawaii ???

Elizabeth M. Cox
Washington, DC

Response 5 -- Item 1585
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 1995

Some helpful sources might include: Anne Firor Scott and Andrew M. Scott, One Half the People: The Fight for Woman Suffrage (1975); Suzanne Lebsock, "Woman Suffrage and White Supremacy: A Virginia Case Study," in Visible Women: New Essays on American Activism, Nancy Hewitt and Suzanne Lebsock, eds. (1993); and Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, New Women of the New South (1993) and Votes for Women: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, and the Nation (1995). Wheeler's "One Woman, One Vote: A Short History and Guide to the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States," a discussion guide produced to accompany the documentary of the same name aired on PBS, contains a helpful timeline and bibliography.

Hope this is of assistance.


Jennifer Davis McDaid
The Library of Virginia

Response 6 -- Item 1585
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 1995

Check out Man Cannot Speak for Her two volumes, one of primary documents (speeches by key players -- carefully checked for historical accuracy and completeness) and a second volume that includes history and critical analyses of the speeches. It is by Karlyn Kohrs campbell.

Catherine Palczewski

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