Primary Sources: The Suffragists and Their Opponents

[Henry Mayer, Library of Congress] The Awakening, 1915.

Use the following primary sources to explore the notable ways women advocated for suffrage as well as some of the opposition they encountered in their fight for the ballot.


Leading Voices in the Movement

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Seneca Falls speech (1848)

Susan B. Anthony: Trial transcript (1873)

Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States  (1876)

Mary Church Terrell: “The Progress of Colored Women” (1898)

Nannie Helen Burroughs: “Black Women and Reform” (1915)

Alice Paul: Comments on feminism (1972)


Opposing Voices

The Age of Brass political cartoon (1869)

George Jones: “The Case of Miss Anthony” editorial (1873)

Election Day political cartoon (1909)

Headquarters of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (1911)


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