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Suffragists in an Imperial Age: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929
     

Suffragists in an Imperial Age: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929

by Allison L. Sneider
 

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ISBN-10: 0195321162

ISBN-13: 9780195321166

Pub. Date: 02/04/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In 1899, Carrie Chapman Catt, who succeeded Susan B. Anthony as head of the National American Women Suffrage Association, argued that it was the "duty" of U.S. women to help lift the inhabitants of its new island possessions up from "barbarism" to "civilization," a project that would presumably demonstrate the capacity of U.S. women

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In 1899, Carrie Chapman Catt, who succeeded Susan B. Anthony as head of the National American Women Suffrage Association, argued that it was the "duty" of U.S. women to help lift the inhabitants of its new island possessions up from "barbarism" to "civilization," a project that would presumably demonstrate the capacity of U.S. women for full citizenship and political rights. Catt, like many suffragists in her day, was well-versed in the language of empire, and infused the cause of suffrage with imperialist zeal in public debate.

Unlike their predecessors, who were working for votes for women within the context of slavery and abolition, the next generation of suffragists argued their case against the backdrop of the U.S. expansionism into Indian and Mormon territory at home as well as overseas in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. In this book, Allison L. Sneider carefully examines these simultaneous political movements—woman suffrage and American imperialism—as inextricably intertwined phenomena, instructively complicating the histories of both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195321166
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929
Ch. 2: Reconstruction and Annexation: Suffragists in Washington, DC and Santo Domingo, 1870-1875
Ch. 3: Western Expansion and the Politics of Federalism: Indians, Mormons, and Territorial Statehood, 1878-1887
Ch. 4: Imperial Expansion and the Problem of Hawaii, 1898-1902
Ch. 5: Getting Suffrage in the Context of Empire: The Philippines and Puerto Rico, 1914-1929
Epilogue

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