Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape is a book about one of the most significant single events in the history of the women’s suffrage debate.
The book chronicles the Washington suffrage parade of 1913, which took place on March 3, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as president of the United States. On that Monday afternoon, more than 5,000 suffragists (mostly women but also a few men) marched up Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol Building to the U.S. Treasury Building in a dazzling and colorful display of their support for a Constitutional amendment that would allow women to vote.
The parade was organized by Alice Paul, a 28-year-old Quaker from New Jersey who had been introduced to the suffrage movement several years before in Great Britain where she was doing graduate studies in social work. Paul represent a new type of suffragist, unafraid to confront and demand.
The events of March 3, 1913 — and the surprises they held — changed the tone and direct of the suffrage debate profoundly, and they set the nation on the road to accepting the most far-reaching change in the electorate, the Nineteenth Amendment, seven years later.
Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape is in production at the University of Tennessee Press and will be available early in 2013.
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