Date of Award

Fall 2013

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Bruce Dorsey

Second Advisor

Farid Azfar


This paper explores the rhetoric of the woman suffrage movement from a historical perspective. It maintains that suffragists were making arguments about justice and rights much more often—and for longer--than previous historians believed, and that such arguments appear to have been relatively useful in arguing for suffrage. It focuses on the late 19th through the very early 20th century, a period in which previous historians have claimed the “justice” argument was growing thin.

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