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A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote

Melanie Beals Goan


When the Declaration of Independence was signed by a group of wealthy white men in 1776, poor white men, African Americans, and women quickly discovered that the unalienable rights it promised were not truly for all. The Nineteenth Amendment eventually gave women the right to vote in 1920, but the change was not welcomed by people of all genders in politically and religiously conservative Kentucky. As a result, the suffrage movement in the Commonwealth involved a tangled web of stakeholders, entrenched interest groups, unyielding constitutional barriers, and activists with competing strategies ... More

Keywords: Laura Clay, Nineteenth Amendment, Suffrage, Kentucky Equal Rights Association, National American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman's Party, Kate Gordon, Susan B. Anthony, Mary Barr Clay, Josephine Henry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813180175
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813180175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melanie Beals Goan, author
University of Kentucky