Title: Woman Suffrage by Federal Constitutional Amendment. Compiled by Carrie Chapman Catt.
Publisher: National Woman Suffrage Publishing Co.
Date of Publication: 1917
Annotation: A collection of writings compiled by Carrie Chapman Catt at the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) to help local and state suffragist groups focus on the various arguments for and against woman suffrage by federal constitutional amendment rather than by individual states. Among the essays is one by Henry Wade Rogers (US Circuit Court Judge in New York City) which was to serve as a counterpoint to "Woman's Suffrage by Constitutional Amendment," a speech by Henry St. George Tucker at Yale University in 1916 (found in Section VII, no. 380 in the NAWSA Collection in the Library of Congress - https://www.loc.gov/item/16020450/). Many Kentuckians were still not convinced by Catt's pamphlet, though the Kentucky Equal Rights Association (KERA) was fully compliant in asserting these arguments. In October 1919, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (representing NAWSA and KERA) and Laura Clay (representing the Citizens Committee) met at the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky in Lexington to debate the merits of a federal amendment. Clay's States Rights perspective won that debate that day.
Type of Source: Primary