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Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South$
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Melba Porter Hay

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125329

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125329.001.0001

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“An able speaker, a brilliant woman” 1914–1915

“An able speaker, a brilliant woman” 1914–1915

(p.170) Chapter 8“An able speaker, a brilliant woman” 1914–1915
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South

Melba Porter Hay

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides an account of the efforts of Madeline in taking the cause of woman suffrage to the state and national levels. Madeline led KERA in a massive campaign to get the legislature to pass and submit to voters a suffrage amendment that had been drafted by her cousin, Louisville attorney Robert A. McDowell. She raised money from Kentuckians and others to finance the lobbying effort. The massive campaigning and lobbying led to the passage of a resolution asking both Madeline and Laura Clay to address a joint session of the legislature, where the two women spoke to a “standing room only” crowd in the House Chamber. This marked the first time a woman had addressed a joint session.

Keywords:   woman suffrage, KERA, massive campaign, suffrage amendment, Laura Clay, legislature, House Chamber

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