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The Weight of Their VotesSouthern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s$
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Lorraine Gates Schuyler

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830666

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876695_schuyler

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Now You Smell Perfume : The Social Drama of Politics in the 1920s

Now You Smell Perfume : The Social Drama of Politics in the 1920s

(p.13) Chapter One Now You Smell Perfume : The Social Drama of Politics in the 1920s
The Weight of Their Votes

Lorraine Gates Schuyler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the antisuffragists' apocalyptic predictions of the doomsday that would arrive in the South if women received the vote and explains that social order would collapse in the wake of woman suffrage, as it threatened to bring “Negro Domination” and the ruing of the white southern family. It observes that while the “antis”' most dramatic claims failed to materialize, the sudden influx of women into public politics transformed the social drama of politics and challenged the supremacy of white males in ways that many antisuffragists had predicted with dread. The chapter observes further that the Nineteenth Amendment blurred the lines of gender and race that were so central to the order of Jim Crow South, as white and black women embraced their new status as voters.

Keywords:   antisuffragists, vote, woman suffrage, Negro Domination, white males, Nineteenth Amendment, black women

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