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Teaching With Documents: Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

Petition to U.S. Senate
Women Voters Anti-Suffrage Party of New York World War I, ca. 1917

By 1916 almost all of the major suffrage organizations were united behind the goal of a constitutional amendment. When New York adopted woman suffrage in 1917 and President Woodrow Wilson changed his position to support an amendment in 1918, the political balance began to shift in favor of the vote for women. There was still strong opposition to enfranchising women, however, as illustrated by this petition from the Women Voters Anti-Suffrage Party of New York at the beginning of U.S. involvement in World War I.

The Document

Petition to U.S. Senate
Women Voters Anti-Suffrage Party of New York World War I, ca. 1917

Record Group 46
Records of the U.S. Senate
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