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National History Day 2018-2019: Triumph and Tragedy

Women's Suffrage

The movement for women's suffrage in the United States began organize with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, but it wasn't until 1920 that the movement triumphed, when the Nineteenth Amendment officially granted women the right to vote. Tragedies along the way included not only repeated failures and overt misogyny, but also the refusal of certain suffragists to support the post-Civil War amendments granting black men the right to vote, but not white women. Later, Alice Paul and other National Woman's Party suffragists were imprisoned for picketing the White House and, upon starting a hunger strike, were kept in deplorable conditions and force-fed. This page includes collections detailing the conflicts and eventual victory of the suffrage movement through the eyes of many of its foremost leaders. For more information on the Schlesinger's collections on this topic, see our subject guide on women's suffrage.

Archival Collections