352 pp., 6 x 9.25, 10 illus., 1 line drawing, 3 maps, 6 tables, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5776-2
Published: December 2006
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7669-5
Published: September 2008
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Awards & distinctions
2006 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians
Schuyler explores get-out-the-vote campaigns staged by black and white women in the region and the response of white politicians to the sudden expansion of the electorate. Despite the cultural expectations of southern womanhood and the obstacles of poll taxes, literacy tests, and other suffrage restrictions, southern women took advantage of their voting power, Schuyler shows. Black women mobilized to challenge disfranchisement and seize their right to vote. White women lobbied state legislators for policy changes and threatened their representatives with political defeat if they failed to heed women's policy demands. Thus, even as southern Democrats remained in power, the social welfare policies and public spending priorities of southern states changed in the 1920s as a consequence of woman suffrage.
About the Author
Lorraine Gates Schuyler is chief of staff in the Office of the President at the University of Richmond.
For more information about Lorraine Gates Schuyler, visit the Author Page.
"A superb and engaging book of historiographical significance."--American Historical Review
"Important."--Journal of American History
"Debunk[s] the argument that the political power of women lost potency after they received the vote."--Journal of Southern History
"Presents a highly original and convincing look at the contested right to vote."--Virginia Quarterly Review
"Should be widely read, not only by historians of southern women but also by scholars of southern politics. Clearly written and deeply researched, it should help redirect our attention to this much-neglected history of southern women after enfranchisement and challenge us to think more critically about the nature of women's political activism in the 1920s."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Offers a new perspective on key historical questions, and this influential study should guide many future projects."--The American Journal of Legal History