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The Weight of Their Votes
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The Weight of Their Votes: Southern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s

Lorraine Gates Schuyler


After the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, hundreds of thousands of southern women went to the polls for the first time. The author of this book examines the consequences this had in states across the South. She shows that from polling places to the halls of state legislatures, women altered the political landscape in ways both symbolic and substantive. The author challenges popular scholarly opinion that women failed to wield their ballots effectively in the 1920s, arguing instead that in state and local politics, women made the most of their votes. She explores get-out-the-v ... More

Keywords: Nineteenth Amendment, state legislatures, local politics, votes, poll taxes, literacy tests, suffrage restrictions, disfranchisement, social welfare, spending priorities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830666
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876695_schuyler


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorraine Gates Schuyler, author