Class Notes

When it came to women voting, neither party really championed the cause.  The fight for suffrage came from outside the parties not from within.  What is interesting is that race played a role for why some started to lean towards allowing women to vote.  For Republicans, they were already supporting Black men’s voting rights and for many in the GOP it made sense to allow women, especially educated White Women to vote if uneducated Black men could.  For the Democrats, they were thinking that allowing White women to vote could cancel out the votes of Black men.  Even with these ideas, neither party was really excited about the idea of women having the vote.

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