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ERIC Number: ED265548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Ida Husted Harper and the Leslie Bureau of Suffrage Education.
Jones, Nancy Baker
In 1917, the Leslie Bureau of Suffrage Education was created in New York. The Bureau was to be the news purveyor, publicity expert, and propaganda carrier, disseminating suffrage material through every available avenue of publicity. One of its departments, the Department of Editorial Correspondence, was chaired by Ida Husted Harper. Of her 66 years, Harper had spent 40 working in support of women's rights and suffrage. Harper took her responsibility seriously, for in the two years she served the Leslie Bureau, she issued nearly 8,000 letters. Ida Husted Harper was typical of the second generation suffragist: her early writings indicate that she saw the vote as a means toward social reform, especially temperance. Her later work for the Leslie Bureau reveals that she regarded the vote as an end in itself. She also believed white women were superior to nonwhites and that the only appropriate tactic to win reform was to work with the power structure, not to offend it. Her primary tactic was to fit her material to her audience. While the Congressional Union and Woman's Party deserved a great deal of credit for the success of the Nineteenth Amendment, it is likely that neither group could claim all the credit, for it took a combination of tactics to win. In any event, the road to victory seemed so certain that Harper closed the editorial department in December 1918. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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