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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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To Hold the Lady Votes Southern Politics Ten Years after Suffrage

To Hold the Lady Votes Southern Politics Ten Years after Suffrage

(p.189) Chapter Seven To Hold the Lady Votes Southern Politics Ten Years after Suffrage
The Weight of Their Votes

Lorraine Gates Schuyler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how southern politicians treated white women's participation in formal politics. It observes that ten years after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, southern politicians had grown accustomed to white women's political status. The chapter observes further that candidate meetings that had been pioneered by newly enfranchised white women were no longer considered “novel stunts,” and that candidates recognized the opportunity which these rallies offered—and office-seekers routinely pledged their support for issues of concern to women. It notes that in the face of ongoing efforts of women, both white and black, to undermine the system that southern Democrats had set in place, party leaders continued to express concern about the electoral threat posed by woman suffrage long after the region's women had cast their first ballot.

Keywords:   southern politicians, Nineteenth Amendment, enfranchised white women, novel stunts, Democrats, suffrage, ballot

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