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Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. Association president Helen Morris sought a state amendment extending the vote to women, and Senator J. Hyatt of Yancey County introduced a bill to this effect in the legislative session.
The Senate leader, however, reflecting the sentiment of his colleagues, referred it to the Committee on Insane Asylums, where it died. Little was attempted or accomplished during the next 15 years. The state's women suffrage movement lay dormant, as it did in much of the rest of the nation. She was one of the South's "new women" who had acquired some postsecondary education, participated in a range of club activities, and enjoyed paid working experiences as the region began to modernize. The Equal Suffrage League helped develop local groups while lobbying legislators and publicizing its cause through pamphlets and speeches.
In Lilian Exum Clement of Asheville started a branch of the Congressional Union, later renamed the National Woman's Partya more militant group determined to obtain suffrage through a federal amendment. Still, the legislature voted down all attempts to grant women the vote; representatives from the agricultural counties with the largest African American populations led the opposition.
Much of the controversy over women suffrage concerned race: antisuffragists feared that allowing women to vote would increase pressure to reverse laws that prevented African Americans from voting. As they did elsewhere, suffragists stepped up their efforts in North Carolina after the outbreak of World War Iconvinced that women's contribution to the war effort would compel President Woodrow Wilson and Congress to relent. But their activism gained little support in the General Assembly.
Legislative initiatives aimed at allowing women to vote in the primaries, the municipal elections, or all elections were defeated as late as Suffrage activism, however, was more effective on the national stage. On 10 Jan. House of Representatives approved the Nineteenth or Susan B. Simmons and Lee S. Overman ed the minority opposition in the final tally on 4 June The state's antisuffrage movement derived its strongest support from politicians eager to retain the control they had obtained after Reconstruction; the textile mill industry, which feared the impact of women's votes on child labor issues; and railroad officials, who worried that women would target them One woman in North carolina the progressive attack on corruption in big business.
Yet the Southern Rejection League in Raleigh was a small group of perhaps only 20 active members, although Raleigh men also organized the States' Rights Defense League at the same time. Moreover, North Carolina can claim the only southern antisuffrage journal, the State's Defensebut this too was a last-minute affair, published only four times before the ratification battle ended.
In August Governor Thomas W. Bickett called a special session of the General Assembly to vote the Nineteenth Amendment up or down.
President Wilson sent Bickett a telegram urging ratification, but the governor responded with the hope that Tennessee, then also meeting in a special convention, would relieve the pressure on North Carolina by being the thirty-sixth and final state to vote for ratification. Bickett nevertheless encouraged the legislature to ratify the amendment, arguing for a graceful accession to the inevitable.
On 17 August the State Senate, by a vote of 25 to 23, postponed consideration of women suffrage until the session. After the Tennessee legislature had voted for ratification on 18 August, the North Carolina General Assembly met to consider the amendment the next day.
Despite Tennessee's approval, the General Assembly still rejected the measure by a vote of 71 to 41, arguing that women suffrage would threaten the sanctity of the family, state rights, and white supremacy. With ratification a fait accompli and thus with nothing to gain nationally, legislators sought not to alienate the prevailing antisuffrage sentiment at home. Grade 8: Nineteenth Amendment. North Carolina Civic Education Consortium.
Elna C. Butler and Alan D. Watson, eds. Kathryn L. There is a timeline for voting rights on the website for Carnegie. All women should have had the right inbut with racist practices, many African Americans, both men and women were not able to vote in the South, but inPresident Johnson passed the Voting Rights Act to ensure all can vote. Hope this helps. You bring up a really good point! Thank you! Both are right. What happened isthe house passed the amendment on January 10,but it did not pass the Senate. Many bills go back and forth both in the U. Congress and the state legislature. That is what happened here.
Finally they agreed to a different version and it was finally passed by the house May 21, and by the Senate June 4, and was ratified by all states August 18, Above you state that, "On 10 Jan. Anthony Amendment Comments are not published until reviewed by NCpedia editors at the State Library of NCand the editors reserve the right to not publish any comment submitted that is considered inappropriate for this resource. NCpedia will not publish personal contact information in comments, questions, or responses.
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