Author: Beth Behn
Title: Woodrow Wilson's Conversion Experience: The President and the Federal Woman Suffrage Amendment
Publisher: Ph.D. diss., University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Scholarworks@UMassAmherst, 511.
This dissertation analyzes many different resources focusing on Woodrow Wilson and provides a more nuanced perspective on his relationships with U.S. suffrage activists. It chronicles several key moments in suffrage history, including the chaotic times just before Congress passes the 19th Amendment. Behn asserts that the picketing and high visibility tactics undertaken by Alice Paul worked against their cause, critically damaging the movement's progress. She argues that Carrie Chapman Catt's timely and persistent interactions with key Senators and the President mollified their concerns about the militancy of Paul's organizations and ultimately won key leaders over in the fight to get the constitutional amendment out to the states for ratification. The anti-suffragist arguments of Senator J.C.W. Beckham of Kentucky are highlighted along with his attempts to halt regulation of child labor in his overt support of coal mining companies.