Suffragists in an Imperial Age: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929

Paperback | January 15, 2008

byAllison L. Sneider

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Suffragists in Imperial Age demonstrates how seemingly disparate conversations about the physical boundaries of national territory and the gendered boundaries of political space overlapped and inflected each other during post-Civil War efforts to rebuild the nation in new terms. This bookargues that US expansion was crucial to the development of the post-bellum US woman suffrage movement and shows how federal discussions of citizenship and voting rights in the context of creating territorial governments in the continental West and, after the Spanish-American War, in the Caribbeanand the Pacific, created space on the Congressional calendar for suffragists to instigate debate on the woman question. In the negotiation of global power relations across the twentieth century and into the present, political rights for women continues to function as a marker of success forexperiments in expanding democracy, as well as a bargaining chip for reasserting some degree of political independence for men. This book shows how by 1929, suffragists were on the verge of making women's voting rights an integral part of US colonial policy, and adding votes for women to the list ofmarkers symbolizing the achievement of "civilization" in US colonies.

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Suffragists in Imperial Age demonstrates how seemingly disparate conversations about the physical boundaries of national territory and the gendered boundaries of political space overlapped and inflected each other during post-Civil War efforts to rebuild the nation in new terms. This bookargues that US expansion was crucial to the deve...

Allison Sneider is Assistant Professor of History at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195321170

ISBN - 13:9780195321173

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929Ch. 2: Reconstruction and Annexation: Suffragists in Washington, DC and Santo Domingo, 1870-1875Ch. 3: Western Expansion and the Politics of Federalism: Indians, Mormons, and Territorial Statehood, 1878-1887Ch. 4: Imperial Expansion and the Problem of Hawaii, 1898-1902Ch. 5: Getting Suffrage in the Context of Empire: The Philippines and Puerto Rico, 1914-1929Epilogue

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"Suffragists in an Imperial Age offers an illuminating analysis of how suffrage ideologies were reshaped in the second half of the nineteenth century to reflect larger concerns over citizenship and nation-building. Allison Sneider has written a marvelous book, one that will surely rank amongour best studies of U.S. suffragism in the postbellum period."--Louise Newman, author of White Women's Rights