The Rights of the People -- Women Are People. Suffrage Victory Map [ESL of Virginia / NAWSA broadside]

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VCU_M 9 Box 233 ESL broadside ca 1919 map of states and suffrage crop rsz.jpg
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Title

The Rights of the People -- Women Are People. Suffrage Victory Map [ESL of Virginia / NAWSA broadside]

Description

This broadside has a map at top that shows the extent of woman suffrage across the United States. At this time, women could vote in presidential elections in some states; in municipal elections in others; and only with regard to school bond and tax matters in others.  

The lower half of the broadside is titled "VIRGINIA WOMEN WANT THE VOTE." The text was created by the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. It argues that two out of three women across the state, in both rural and urban location, are suffragists. "Virginia women who are asking for enfranchisement are BY NO MEANS A SMALL MINORITY." 

"The child and the home are the greatest assets of the nation. 
The Farmer's Wife is his working partner. She helps him to pay taxes on roads and schools. She should have the right on where and how these roads and schools are built; to elect the school trustees who determine what her children shall be taught." 

"Virginia wives and mothers should vote upon public health laws and moral laws which vitally affect the welfare of the family." 

The broadside then addresses the argument that a federal amendment permitting women to vote will increase the voting power of African Americans in the south. With the Civil War and Reconstruction only fifty-four years in the past, the southern states were against any federal law reducing their right to control who could vote. The ESL makes the argument that the states' power to levy poll taxes, have residency requirements, and require that voters be able to read and write will be sufficient. 

"Whte Supremacy. There is now no negro domination under male suffrage in the counties in Virginia where white people are in the minority, and there will be no negro domination with men and women voting." 

The broadside also argues that women are conservative voters, so woman suffrage will not increase the socialist vote.

Source

M 9 Box 233, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Date

c. 1919

Contributor

Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

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Notes

Learn more: 

Suffrage, Social Welfare History Image Portal
Discovery Set: Woman Suffrage, Social Welfare History Image Portal 
Discovery Set: Annotating Suffrage, Social Welfare History Image Portal 
Discovery Set: The Anti-Suffrage Movement, Social Welfare History Image Portal 

Citation

“The Rights of the People -- Women Are People. Suffrage Victory Map [ESL of Virginia / NAWSA broadside],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed October 20, 2020, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/539.