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

Allison L. Sneider


In 1899, Carrie Chapman Catt, who succeeded Susan B. Anthony as head of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, argued that it was the “duty” of U.S. women to help lift the inhabitants of new island possessions in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii up from “barbarism” to “civilization,” a project that would presumably demonstrate the capacity of U.S. women for full citizenship and political rights. Catt, like many suffragists in her day, was well versed in the language of empire and infused the cause of suffrage with imperialist zeal in public debate. Unlike their predecess ... More

Keywords: woman suffrage, imperialism, voting rights, women's rights, National American Woman Suffrage Association, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Indian Territory, U.S. expansion, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195321166
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321166.001.0001


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Allison L. Sneider, author
Rice University
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