Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe by Jennifer M. Ross-NazzalWinning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe by Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal

Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe

byJennifer M. Ross-Nazzal

Paperback | March 8, 2011

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In 1856, in an opera house in Roseville, Illinois, Susan B. Anthony called for the supporters of woman suffrage to stand. The only person to rise was eight-year-old Emma Smith. And she continued to take a stand for the rest of her life. As a leader in the suffrage movement, Emma Smith DeVoe stumped across the country organizing for the cause, raising money, and helping make the West central to achieving the vote for women.

DeVoe used her feminine style to great advantage in the campaign for the vote. Rather than promoting public rallies, she encouraged women to put their energies toward influencing the votes of their fathers, brothers, and husbands. Known as the still-hunt strategy, this approach was highly successful and helped win the vote for women in Washington State in 1910. Winning the West for Women demonstrates the importance of the West in the national suffrage movement. It reveals the central role played by the National Council of Women Voters, whose members were predominantly western women, in securing the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Winning the West for Women also tells a larger story of dissension and discord within the suffrage movement. Though ladylike in her courtship of male support for the cause, DeVoe often clashed with other activists who disagreed with her tactics or doubted her commitment to the movement. This fascinating biography describes the real experiences of women and their relationships as they struggled to win the right to vote.

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPLnFiZBHug

Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal is a historian at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
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Title:Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.05 × 6 × 0.77 inPublished:March 8, 2011Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295990864

ISBN - 13:9780295990866

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsA Note about NamesList of Abbreviations

Introduction1. Moral Reform and Statehood2. The South Dakota Woman Suffrage Campaign3. Building a National Reputation4. The Organization Committee5. The Northwest Campaigns6. The Nineteenth Amendment7. Party Women

AppendixNotesBibliographyIndex

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In 1856, in an opera house in Roseville, Illinois, Susan B. Anthony called for the supporters of woman suffrage to stand. The only person to rise was eight-year-old Emma Smith. And she continued to take a stand for the rest of her life. As a leader in the suffrage movement, Emma Smith DeVoe stumped across the country organizing for the cause, raising money, and helping make the West central to achieving the vote for women.DeVoe used her feminine style to great advantage in the campaign for the vote. Rather than promoting public rallies, she encouraged women to put their energies toward influencing the votes of their fathers, brothers, and husbands. Known as the still-hunt strategy, this approach was highly successful and helped win the vote for women in Washington State in 1910. Winning the West for Women demonstrates the importance of the West in the national suffrage movement. It reveals the central role played by the National Council of Women Voters, whose members were predominantly western women, in securing the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.Winning the West for Women also tells a larger story of dissension and discord within the suffrage movement. Though ladylike in her courtship of male support for the cause, DeVoe often clashed with other activists who disagreed with her tactics or doubted her commitment to the movement. This fascinating biography describes the real experiences of women and their relationships as they struggled to win the right to vote.Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPLnFiZBHugThis biography tells the insider story of the first wave of feminism, complete with all the back-biting we?ve hungered for. - Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont