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Anna Howard ShawThe Work of Woman Suffrage$
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Trisha Franzen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038150

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038150.001.0001

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Creating Her Vision

Creating Her Vision

Nawsa Presidency, Part II (1909–1912)

(p.115) Chapter 6 Creating Her Vision
Anna Howard Shaw

Trisha Franzen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the middle years of Anna Howard Shaw's presidency—from planning for the 1909 the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Convention in Seattle through the 1912 convention in Philadelphia. While analyses critical of Shaw's presidency have most frequently used the upheavals of these years as the basis for judging Shaw as a failure as an administrator, the gains of these years as well as the full context and origins of these organizational conflicts have received scant in-depth attention. Class and race issues are especially significant for analyzing both Shaw's legacy as a leader and the positions of the suffrage movement as a whole. Money tensions had always haunted the NAWSA, but the fact that Shaw drew a salary for her presidency and had access to monies beyond the control of the NAWSA treasurer raised suspicions among the privileged leaders who linked financial need with corruption. That Shaw was also the strongest and most consistent supporter of universal suffrage brought additional resistance from those who were opposed to or willing to compromise on the extension of the franchise to African American and immigrant women.

Keywords:   Anna Howard Shaw, biography, National American Woman Suffrage Association, class, race, African Americans, immigrant women

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