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In the thought-provoking collection of essays titled Anti-Suffrage Essays, the perspectives offered are undeniably controversial and spellbinding. The compilation, authored by Various, presents a compelling case against the women's suffrage movement that gripped the Western world at the turn of the 20th century. Though one might approach this book with trepidation, fearing an outdated and biased viewpoint, the reader is unexpectedly transported back in time to a world where even the most progressive ideas were challenged.

Throughout the book, the authors articulate their arguments against women's suffrage with eloquence and conviction. They scrutinize the claims put forth by suffragettes, asserting that granting women the right to vote would disrupt the natural order and jeopardize the social fabric of society. They explore fears of a perceived feminization of politics, asserting that women are inherently unfit for the messy and divisive world of politics, and that their involvement would only impede progress. The essays delve into women's supposed inherent frailty and argue that they would be overwhelmed by political responsibilities or swayed by their emotions rather than rational thought.

What distinguishes Anti-Suffrage Essays from other historical texts on this subject is the authors' ability to counterbalance their arguments with rationality and genuine concern. Each essay examines the potential consequences of expanding women's role in society with a gravitas that, while disturbing, demands attention and contemplation. The authors' viewpoints may appear outdated and insensitive by modern standards, but they invite readers to examine the societal norms and expectations that informed the debate at the time. As readers, it is essential to approach these perspectives with an open mind, aware of the historical context in which they were written.

This anthology champions intellectual discourse and provokes introspection. Although it is challenging to read without feeling a sense of incredulity or outrage, it allows us to understand the depth of conviction behind anti-suffrage sentiments. By exploring these essays, readers gain a clearer understanding of the formidable resistance the suffragettes faced during their tireless fight for equality. This work serves as a stark reminder of the hard-fought battle for women's voting rights, which should be treasured and never taken for granted.

Anti-Suffrage Essays by Various is a testament to the power of ideas, even those that evoke discomfort. It is a vital addition to any library concerned with social history, women's rights, or the evolution of political thought. The book challenges us to grapple with perspectives that may have once been widely accepted, reminding us of the past’s mistakes, and emphasizing the ongoing importance of progressive movements for gender equality. We must be grateful for the suffragettes' indomitable spirit and resilience, understanding that while the essays convincingly argue against women's suffrage, history has irrevocably proved them wrong.

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ERNEST BERNBAUM, Ph.D. (Harvard University)


Copyright, 1916, by J. A. HAIEN

All Rights Reserved

Gratefully Dedicated to the 295,939 Massachusetts Men Who, on Election Day, 1915 Endorsed the Anti Suffrage Sentiments of the Women of Massachusetts



The essays in this little book are by anti suffrage women who were prominent speakers, writers, and organizers, in the campaign of 1915. They voice sentiments which gained the largest measure of popular support ever accorded in the history of Massachusetts politics.

The largest number of votes any political party polled in Massachusetts before 1915 was 278,976. The anti suffragists polled 295,939. Since 1896 there has been but one instance in which the voters gained a plurality amounting to 110,000 votes. The anti suffragists won by 133,447 votes. Alton B. Parker's defeat by Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 is commonly regarded as typifying political annihilation; but the suffragists in 1915 did not poll as many votes as Mr. Parker, and the anti suffragists polled 38,000 more than President Roosevelt at the height of his popularity... Continue reading book >>

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