The History of Woman Suffrage Volume V

The History of Woman Suffrage Volume V

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Excerpt: ... State every year. If the male voters are obliged to hear the woman suffrage question agitated and discussed at a perennial campaign, how long will it be before, in desperation and self-defense, they will vote in favor of it? Now, why is the Shafroth-Palmer amendment easier to pass Congress than the Bristow-Mondell amendment? First of all it shifts the responsibility of actually enfranchising the women from the Senators and Representatives to the people of their respective States. Second, the State's rights doctrine is the one objection raised to every federal issue that comes before Congress. It is primarily the greatest obstacle to federal legislation on any subject and is recognized as a valid objection by the members of Congress and particularly those from the North, who feel that they owe to the members of the South the justice of refraining from interference in matters vital to the South. Third, the Democratic party is committed to the initiative and referendum but not to woman suffrage. The President has endorsed the initiative and referendum and has fully convinced himself of its merit. We are asking the Democratic party to give us, the women of the country, the initiative and referendum on the question of whether or not we shall be allowed to vote, and no State can have this question forced upon it or even settled until a majority of the voters of the State cast their ballots in favor of it. The difficulties connected with the old amendment both in Congress and in many States were described and the case of New York was cited among others: If the matter of suffrage is submitted to the State of New York in 1915 and does not carry, under the New York constitution it cannot again be submitted for two years. Meantime all the energy that should be expended in directly educating the people must again be wasted trying to get a majority vote in two successive Legislatures. It is the opinion of one of the great suffrage leaders in New York, more

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  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 676g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236697766
  • 9781236697769