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By Robert J. Dinkin

Dispelling the parable that girls grew to become inquisitive about partisan politics purely once they bought the vote, this examine makes use of modern newspaper assets to teach that girls have been lively within the social gathering fight lengthy prior to 1920. even supposing their position was once at the start restricted to attending rallies and webhosting picnics, they progressively started to use their pens and voices to help occasion tickets. via the overdue nineteenth century, ladies spoke at get together services and arranged all-female teams to assist canvass neighborhoods and get out the vote. within the early suffrage states of the West, they voted in expanding numbers or even held a number of offices.

Women have been relatively lively, this e-book exhibits, within the minor reformist parties―Populist, Prohibitionist, Socialist, and Progressive―but ultimately got here to play a task within the significant events besides. famous suffrage leaders, similar to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, entered the partisan enviornment as a way to advertise their reason. by the point the suffrage modification was once ratified, ladies have been deeply all in favour of the mainstream political process.

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Indeed, its efforts were successful, and afterward the association thanked the voters "for consigning . . 51 DECLINE OF PARTISAN ACTIVITIES Just as women's partisan activity declined in Lowell, it is probable that by the late 1840s it was beginning to level off elsewhere, at least temporarily. The number of newspaper stories mentioning women's attendance at political events fell considerably, though this may partly mean their appearance was becoming less of a novelty. It may also reflect the fact that there were fewer campaign demonstrations of any kind after the heated presidential contest of 1844, when the "dark horse" Democrat James K.

Previous runs for the presidency featuring the likes of Henry Clay and Zachary Taylor had not truly sparked her interest, but here the circumstances were different. "For the first time in my life," she said, "I am a little infected with political excitement. For the sake of suffering Kansas, and future freedom in peril, I do long to have Fremont elected," she wrote to a friend. In the later stages, she expressed guilt about not doing enough for the Republican cause. "My anxiety on the subject has been intense.

One man who certainly appreciated women's presence at various campaign events was Whig leader Henry Clay of Kentucky, especially when he ran for the presidency in 1844. Although perhaps not in favor of full political equality for women, Clay even more than John C. Calhoun or John Quincy Adams thought women deserved to occupy a place in the political realm. Admired by the ladies of the period more than any of his contemporaries—some say he would have easily been elected to the White House if female opinion had been taken into consideration—Clay often responded positively to invitations by groups of women to speak in their town or city.

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