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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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No Longer Treated Lightly Southern Legislators and New Women Voters

No Longer Treated Lightly Southern Legislators and New Women Voters

(p.165) Chapter Six No Longer Treated Lightly Southern Legislators and New Women Voters
The Weight of Their Votes

Lorraine Gates Schuyler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how Democratic Party leaders throughout the South look upon the demands of organized white women in the years following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. It observes that nervous Democrats, when faced with a large and unpredictable bloc of new voters at the polls, worked furiously to bring the region's white women into the party fold. The chapter notes that Democrats addressed women's club meetings, targeted women directly in campaign literature, and moved the locations of polling places and party meetings to accommodate the ladies' sensibilities. It emphasizes that these Democratic men were forced to consider the political implications of policy choices that contradicted the expressed wishes of organized white women.

Keywords:   Democratic Party, South, organized white women, Nineteenth Amendment

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