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 movementswoman suffrage and American imperialismas inextricably intertwined phenomena, instructively complicating the histories of both.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Allison L. Sneider is Associate Professor of History at Rice University.
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