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The right to vote at public elections.


noun affranchisement, autonomy, choice, emancipation, enfranchisement, exemption from connrol, exemption from restraint, franchise, freedom, freeeom of choice, liberation, liberty, license, manumission, option, popular decision, prerogative, right to vote, say, self-determination, self-government, suffragium, voice, vote
Associated concepts: election law, voters' rights
See also: discretion, franchise

SUFFRAGE, government. Vote; the act of voting.
     2. The right of suffrage is given by the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 2, to the electors in each state, as shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. Vide 2 Story on the Const. Sec. 578, et seq.; Amer. Citiz. 201; 1 Bl. Com. 171; 2 Wils. Lect. 130; Montesq. Esp. des Lois, Ii v. 11, c. 6; 1 Tucker's Bl. Com. App. 52, 3. See Division of opinion.

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My hope is that the current analysis demonstrates the interpretive possibilities that suffragism more generally--along with its associated print culture, oratory, and activism--offers for scholars of US literature and culture.
Green patently rejects the idea that racism was the major impetus for Southern suffragism, which she perceives to be a central premise of other historians.
Without answering why suffragism late in the century assumed the intolerant and bureaucratic forms it did, Matthews suggests an explanation for its single-mindedness.
By the spring of 1913, Dora Marsden had already graduated from the University of Manchester, abandoned a career as a head schoolmistress, gone to prison for acts of civil disobedience committed in the cause of suffragism, been thrown out of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) for insubordination, brought an uncategorizable radical weekly journal into existence, and systematically articulated in her lead articles throughout The Freewoman an individualistic cultural program.
Antoinette Burton, "The Feminist Quest for Identity: British Imperial Suffragism and 'Global Sisterhood,' 1900-2915," Journal of Women's History 3, no.
22] In Plain Facts, Pankhurst relied on the same publicity methods that quackery deployed to sell its products--a promotional technique that Blast contributor and suffragist Rebecca West believed would serve only to "discredit the cause" of suffragism (204).
To her credit, Chen corrects some factual errors about the birth control movement and also places Dennett's activities within the historical context of progressivism, suffragism, and radical politics; but she relies on quotations instead of analysis to explain their importance.
Can we muster the vision that led other movements in American history--abolitionism, suffragism, the civil rights and antiwar movements--to victory?
During the decade 1909-19, women's suffragism finally became a mass movement and women's labor militancy reached its all-time peak.
for example, that the right to serve, marches symbolized the pre-war sex war strain in suffragism, and later, that marriage manuals were popular after the war because marriage and marital sex bore the brunt of restoring social harmony in postwar Britain, (p.
Emmeline, along with her daughter Christabel, is forever associated with militant suffragism and the slogan "Votes for Women," and has often been characterized as the woman ultimately responsible for winning women's suffrage; a statue in Victoria Tower Gardens, the park adjacent to Parliament, honors her alone of women suffrage leaders.
Robins's novels written before her own conversion to the cause are critical of public women who abdicate domestic responsibility; The Convert portrays a change from that perspective to suffragism.