The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

by Brooke Kroeger


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The story of how and why a group of prominent and influential men in New York City and beyond came together to help women gain the right to vote.

Finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize presented by the Center for Political History at Lebanon Valley College

The Suffragents is the untold story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states. Brooke Kroeger explores the formation of the League and the men who instigated it to involve themselves with the suffrage campaign, what they did at the behest of the movement’s female leadership, and why. She details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. Led by such luminaries as Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody, members of the League worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government. In the process, they helped convince waffling politicians, a dismissive public, and a largely hostile press to support the women’s demand. Together, they swayed the course of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438466309
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 649,858
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Brooke Kroeger is Professor at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her books include Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist and Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
An Introduction

1. “If Men Should Be Wanted”: 1907–1908

2. “The Favor of Such Men”: 1909

3. “What Can We Do to Persuade You?”: 1910

4. “Jeers and Abuse”: 1911

5. “The Change in Public Sentiment Is Remarkable”: 1912

6. “Gettes and Gists”: 1913

7. “This Whole Feminist Front”: 1914

8. “Should Women Vote in New York?”: 1915

9. “It May Move Like a Glacier, But . . .”: 1916

10. “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”: 1917

A Coda “The Least Tribute We Can Pay Them”: 1918–1920

Suffragent Portraits List and Credits

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