Ann Taylor Allen, "Woman Suffrage and Progressive Reform in Louisville, 1908-1920," Ohio Valley History 20 (Spring 2020): 54-78.

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Author: Ann Taylor Allen

Title: Woman Suffrage and Progressive Reform in Louisville, 1908-1920 

Publication: Ohio Valley History 20 (Spring 2020): 54-78.

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This article provides a case study of suffrage in an urban setting from 1908-1920; Louisville, Kentucky's largest city and located on a busy river port, served as a center for progressive reform of which suffrage activism played an important part. Allen emphasizes here the kind of organizational skills required of successfully diverse volunteer campaigns that women conducted in Louisville. In addition, a closer look at Louisville's kindergarten movement and settlement houses as well as campaigns to get newly enfranchised women to vote in school board elections reveals some cross-racial cooperation unusual for former slave states. Ann Taylor Allen, PhD, is professor Emerita of History at the University of Louisville and the author of several books. Her most recent monograph is The Transatlantic Kindergarten: Women's Movements and Education in Germany and the United States (Oxford University Press, 2017). Dr. Allen has generously provided the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project database with many biosketches of Louisville women suffragists - which are also published in the Alexander Street Press Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States.

This post supports the collection of resources for the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project's Annotated Bibliography - see the full list of KWSP's primary, secondary and tertiary sources here: