NAWSA ❤️ the Confederacy

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NAWSA ❤️ the Confederacy

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Annual conventions belong in the nation’s capital--at least as far as the National Woman Suffrage Assoc was concerned.

But the American WSA had always rotated among states, so a few years after the merger, NAWSA began to alternate: even years in DC, odd years elsewhere. 🧵

The first “migratory” convention was Atlanta, 1895. A day in Grant Park that year 👇

The crowd may not have been 100% white, but nearly.

The following nugget has so much packed into it: “One handsome young lady, who sat on the platform a good deal of the time, was supposed to be from New England, because she wore her hair short. It turned out, however, that she was from New Orleans and was a cousin of Jefferson Davis. The announcement of this fact caused her to be received by the audience with roars of enthusiasm.”

This story appears in volume 4 of History of Woman Suffrage without any further comment. If NAWSA’s founders - radical abolitionists, devoted to the Union through long, bloody years of the Civil War - took offense, they didn't record it for posterity.

In fact, the sensible women of the northern & western states seem charmed - almost giddy - about white Southern women’s hospitality and performative femininity. #Suffrage100

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Daily Suffragist

Date

14/04/2020

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Daily Suffragist, “NAWSA ❤️ the Confederacy,” Daily Suffragist, accessed April 14, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/351.

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