Does Anyone Know a Reliable History Source for Women’s Suffrage and Temperance Movements?
I found the following, after Barbara Roberts mentioned that Christians were involved in the suffrage movement of the late 1800’s . It is from Answer.Yahoo –
In the 1890s, ten times as many New York women were in the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperence Union) as in all the suffragette groups combined. Tampa alone had three different tempernce organizations(one for blacks, one for whites, and one for Cuban Americans), but Florida’s suffrage group had only twenty members in the whole state, eight of them men.
However, all those temperence women gradually began to feel that having the vote would be a very good thing because it held the key to the prohibition of liquor. They became critical grassroots soldiers for the suffrage movement, organizing all those petition drives and referenda campaigns and state lobbying efforts that kept the effort going during the dolrums and gradually pushed it forward to success.
The woman who brought these two very different political drives together was Frances Willard, the president of the WCTU for twenty years, and a leader with a sweeping vision of how women could reform the country. Willard had a genius for building a mass movement by finding common ground for compromise. She initiated a policy called “do everything” in which the members were encouraged to fight for reform in what4ever way struck them as best. The national headquarters had dozens of departments, dedicated to everything from world peace to public health, and one of the most active was the section devoted to woman suffrage. In many small towns, the WCTU was the centre of all feminine political activity. Everett Hughes, a Chicago sociologist, remembered the WCTU gatherings his mother hosted, in which the women talked about “general sanitation and improving education, about the child labor laws.”
If you know of some good sources that are not at least totally prejudiced against Christianity, and that give a good history of the suffrage and/or temperance movements, I would be very interested to read them.