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Women’s Suffrage

"Torturing women in prison Vote against the government" illustration
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The demand for women’s suffrage began in the 1840’s and culminated in 1920 with the passage of the nineteenth amendment. Two competing organizations were established in 1869 and eventually merged in 1890 to become the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Cartoons, newspaper articles, and marches demonstrate the urgency with which women sought this basic democratic right. In the following primary source set, these materials are made available for instruction and research. Developed as part of the History in Motion program, the outstanding resources and materials included in this set have been provided free of charge by the Library of Congress.