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Women Will VoteWinning Suffrage in New York State$
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Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705557

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705557.001.0001

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Tenuous Ties

Tenuous Ties

Creating a Woman Suffrage Movement in New York State

(p.7) Chapter 1 Tenuous Ties
Women Will Vote

Susan Goodier

Karen Pastorello

Cornell University Press

This chapter details the development of a woman suffrage movement in New York State as it positions the state in the broad historical context of the national woman suffrage movement. Some rural upstate New Yorkers demanded social and political reforms for women well before the Civil War. As a result of controversy sparked by the Fifteenth Amendment, which granted African American men the right to vote, women founded two national organizations and the New York State Woman Suffrage Association. State leaders dominated the movement in terms of strategy and tactics, and several of them rose to national prominence. By the last decade of the nineteenth century, suffragists had come to recognize the importance of fluidity and pliability in addressing their appeals to the broadest possible audiences. The divergent groups advocating for women's enfranchisement disagreed with each other over specific strategies, tactics, and whom to include, but they unfailingly agreed that women needed the vote.

Keywords:   woman suffrage movement, New York State, Fifteenth Amendment, New York State Woman Suffrage Association, suffragists, women's enfranchisement

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