Beware! Men of the South [anti-suffrage handbill]


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Beware! Men of the South [anti-suffrage handbill]


An anti-suffrage handbill which attempted to sway men's opinions by making them fearful. This one asks the reader to recall the American Civil War, which had taken place during their parents' lifetime.


MEN OF THE SOUTH: Heed not the song of the suffrate siren! Seal your ears against her vocal wiles! For, no matter how sweetly she may proclaim the advantage of female franchise, --

REMEMBER that Woman Suffrage mean a re-opening of the entire Negro Suffrage question; loss of state rights; and another period of reconstruction horrors, which will introduce a set of female carpetbaggers as bad as their male prototypes of the sixties.

DO NOT JEOPARDIZE the present prosperity of your sovereign states, which was so dearly bought by the blood of your fathers and the tears of your mothers, by again raising an issue which has already been adjusted at so great a cost. 
NOTHING can be gained by woman suffrage and everything may be lost!


M 9 Box 51, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


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Learn more: 
Women's Suffrage: The Movement, Social Welfare History Project
Suffrage in the South: The Poll Tax, Social Welfare History Project
Suffrage in the South Part II: The One Party System, Social Welfare History Project 

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