How the Vote Was Won by Rebecca J. Mead
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How the Vote Was Won
By Rebecca J. Mead

How the Vote Was Won

Woman Suffrage in the Western United States, 1868-1914

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How the Vote Was Won by Rebecca J. Mead

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By the end of 1914, almost every Western state and territory had enfranchised its female citizens in the greatest innovation in participatory democracy since Reconstruction. These Western successes stand in profound contrast to the East, where few women voted until after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, and the South, where African-American men were systematically disenfranchised. How did the frontier West leap ahead of the rest of the nation in the enfranchisement of the majority of its citizens? In this provocative new study, Rebecca J. Mead shows that Western suffrage came about as the result of the unsettled state of regional politics, the complex nature of Western race relations, broad alliances between suffragists and farmer-labor-progressive reformers, and sophisticated activism by Western women. She highlights suffrage racism and elitism as major problems for the movement, and places special emphasis on the political adaptability of Western suffragists whose improvisational tactics earned them progress. A fascinating story, previously ignored, How the Vote was Won reintegrates this important region into national suffrage history and helps explain the ultimate success of this radical reform.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814757222
ISBN-10: 0814757227
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 19mm)
Pages: 273
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rebecca J. Mead

Rebecca Mead is assistant professor of history at Northern Michigan University.

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