Friday, April 17, 2009

to the Teabag Partiers.

In general, I wouldn't support many -- if any -- of the causes you gathered to holler about, but your behavior was in the best traditions of democracy! And that is serious!


Dashmann said...

I have been trying unsuccessfully to dig up party voting records on the Woman's Suffrage movement giving women the right to vote in the early 20th century.

I am curious to find out whether the parties split on the issue and which way.

Protests like the Teabag Party lead me to believe Republicans generally opposed the movement while Democrats supported it, but I have not been able to find evidence either way.

Any Congressional Record buffs out there that can shed some light on this subject ??

Thanks ----

Dashmann said...

So far my research on support/opposition to Woman's suffrage has yielded these results.

My objective in raising the subject is to determine if any one political party in constant power would have given women the right to vote, a moral principle we take for granted now in America.

The strongest opponents were from Womens groups themselves and religious groups, especially Roman Catholics.

First states to give women the right to vote were in the like Wyoming and Colorado, followed my the mid-west states.

Southern states were mostly opposed as the subject was thought of in much the same way as the anti-slavery issue.

While the amendment finally passed under Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, I have not yet found general support or oppsition from either major party. Wilson started with a Democratic congress and ended with a Republican one.

Senator Thomas Palmer, a Republican from Detroit favored giving women the vote.

I know there are a lot of smarter people than me that read this blog. I would welcome any help, pro or can, opinion or factual, that anyone could contribute to shed more light on this.