Title

Claiming Space in the Suffrage Movement: The National Woman's Party in Texas, 1915 - 1920

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Date of Award

Summer 2018

Abstract

The progression of woman enfranchisement lasted for several decades in the United States of America. Over the years, a variety of woman organizations formed to advance women’s rights, especially the right to vote. The organizations had a common goal in terms of wanting enfranchisement but varied in tactics, rhetoric, leadership, and political stances. This study focuses on the National Woman’s Party (NWP) forming a state branch in the South, specifically Texas. It examines how the formation of woman suffrage organizations led to the development of a variety of political voices and strategies to obtain enfranchisement. This thesis analyzes the formation of the Texas NWP Branch through a cultural lens to demonstrate how the NWP is not an outlier due to the radicalism of the organization, but instead is part of a natural progression for woman suffragists to expand their agency.

Advisor

Jessica Brannon-Wranosky

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | History

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