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Woman Suffrage and the Origins of Liberal Feminism in the United States, 1820-1920

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674431331

Publication Date: 02/01/1997

281 pages

13 halftones, 1 linecut


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Suzanne Marilley’s book is a carefully argued and learned contribution to the view that feminism and liberalism are synonymous. Her account is an excellent introduction to the nineteenth-century campaign; it tracks the movement from 1848 through a series of dogged state campaigns in Colorado in the 1890s and beyond. Marilley stresses the suppleness of the abolitionist legacy and admires the capaciousness of equal-rights ideology after the Civil War to contain a variety of goals for women, including goals to protect women.—Christine Stansell, The New Republic

Suzanne Marilley’s history of the suffrage movement is a welcome single volume spanning the full history from 1820 to 1920… The most innovative contribution comes from the author’s research in the Colorado suffrage victory in 1893, which offers an excellent analysis of state politics. In this case study she closely examines the political context and the array of liberal and illiberal arguments used simultaneously to gain the support of various constituencies… [Marilley] distinguishes herself from other historians of suffrage by clearly defining her book as a political history of the vote rather than a history of women’s movement toward equality.—Roberta Wollons, History

An imaginative and important work. One of the things that impressed me most about Marilley’s analysis was the intertwining of ideological, strategic, and historical variables. It is a very impressive take on the suffrage movement which deserves a wide audience. [It is] an excellent study [and] a very exciting contribution to the history of the women’s suffrage movement.—Ellen Fitzpatrick, Harvard University

An excellent book that corrects much existing literature on a number of important points.—Rogers Smith, author of Liberalism and American Constitutional Law

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