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ERIC Number: ED311446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Coverage of the Nineteenth Amendment in Rural Iowa.
Davenport, Lucinda D.
A study was conducted to find out how the topics of the Nineteenth Amendment and women's suffrage were handled at the time by news publications in rural areas. Several components were used to carry out the objective: one was to investigate newspaper coverage of the amendment and in addition broaden that search to include women's suffrage; another was to focus on newspapers in one rural community as a case study and to compare this coverage with that of other communities. Each edition of Marengo, Iowa's weekly newspapers during 1918, 1919 and 1920 was studied for any hint of information about the Nineteenth Amendment or women's suffrage. During those 3 years, nine announcements/stories and three visuals (without accompanying stories) were published in Marengo's different newspapers. In addition to the newspaper case study, an oral account was also obtained by interviewing a Marengo resident who was of voting age in 1920. Through her account of the time and issue, "it would seem" that Marengo residents were not informed about amendment debates and progress nor were they given interpretations of how suffrage could affect them personally. By studying the newspapers of three other towns ranging in size from rural to urban, a check was made to see what information nearby Iowa residents were receiving. Results suggest that Marengo's lack of information was not typical for that time period or geographic area, but perhaps was typical for a rural newspaper. (Two tables of data are included; 16 references and four appendixes of additional data are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa