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Suffrage and the city : New York women battle for the ballot /
Lauren C. Santangelo.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
260 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
0190850361, 9780190850364
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New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
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Cover; Suffrage and the City; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. "The Wickedness of the Masses": The Perils of Suffrage, 1870-​1894; 2. Becoming "A Lover of the Metropolis," 1895-​1906; 3. Ushering in a "New Era," 1907-​1909; 4. Geographies of Suffrage, 1910-​1913; 5. "Suffrage 'Owns' City," 1913-​1915; 6. From Confrontation to Collaboration, 1916 and 1917; Epilogue; Appendix: Key Suffrage Organizations in Manhattan; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index.
In 1917, women won the vote in New York State. Suffrage and the City explores how activists in New York City were instrumental in achieving this milestone. Santangelo uncovers the ways in which the demand for women's rights intersected with the history, politics, and culture of New York City in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The fight for the vote in the nation's largest metropolis demanded that suffragists both mobilize and contest urban etiquette, as they worked to gain visibility and underscore their cause's respectability. From the Polo Grounds to the Lower East Side, organizers championed political equality to anyone who would listen in the early twentieth century. Their Fifth Avenue parades showcased the various Manhattan subcultures, including industrial laborers, teachers, nurses, and even socialites, that they transformed into a broad coalition by the 1910s. Films and newspapers broadcasted their tactics to rest of the country, just as the national suffrage organization decided to draw on Gotham's resources by moving its own headquarters to midtown and thereby turning Manhattan into the movement's capital. The city's mores, rhythms, and physical layout helped to shape what was possible for organizers campaigning within it. At the same time, suffragists helped to redefine the urban experience for white, middle-class women. Combining urban studies, geography, and gender and political history, Suffrage and the City demonstrates that the Big Apple was more than just a stage for suffrage action; it was part of the drama. As much as enfranchisement was a political victory in New York State, it was also a uniquely urban and cultural one.
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