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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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Making Their Bow to the Ladies Southern Party Leaders and the Fight for New Women Voters

Making Their Bow to the Ladies Southern Party Leaders and the Fight for New Women Voters

(p.75) Chapter Three Making Their Bow to the Ladies Southern Party Leaders and the Fight for New Women Voters
The Weight of Their Votes

Lorraine Gates Schuyler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the new political ritual that visibly symbolized the transformations that woman suffrage had wrought on the South's leading men. It observes that southern politicians in the fall of 1920 confronted the most substantial change in southern politics since the Populist revolt of the late nineteenth century: faced with long lines of women registering to vote and the prospect of hundreds of thousands of new voters at the polls. The chapter also observes that unlike the growing force of discontent that characterized Populism, woman suffrage transformed an incredibly stable political status quo to a great political contest in just a few short weeks, as more than a million new voters suddenly took to southern polls. It observes that the South's political leaders changed their public attitudes swiftly once they stood before women voters as candidates.

Keywords:   political ritual, woman suffrage, southern politicians, Populist revolt, candidates

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