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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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The Great Interruption

The Great Interruption

World War I and Woman Suffrage

(p.142) Chapter 7 The Great Interruption
Women Will Vote

Susan Goodier

Karen Pastorello

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the woman suffrage movement during the outbreak of war in Europe. Contradictions and upheaval related to the war marred the last three years of the suffrage campaign in New York. Most suffragists and anti-suffragists turned their attention from suffragism to patriotism, war preparedness, or pacifism between August 1914 and April 1917, when the United States entered the war. The movement, which previously faced divisions among members of its rank and file over tactics and strategies related to women's enfranchisement, now divided along new lines of patriotism and militarism. Sensitive to citizenship rights and responsibilities, most suffragists felt compelled to choose a position in response to the war. Nevertheless, they insisted on keeping their campaign before the public, most often linking suffrage with patriotism to highlight their worthiness for full citizenship.

Keywords:   woman suffrage movement, World War I, suffragism, patriotism, war preparedness, pacifism, women's enfranchisement, militarism, citizenship, suffragists

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