Just posted at suffrageandthemedia.org: Early in 1915, the New York State Legislature voted at last to support putting forward to the electorate a referendum on a change in the state constitution that would give women the vote. That Valentine’s Day, the New York Times, no fan of the idea, devoted six full pages of its Sunday, Feb. 14 edition to responses—in letters to the editor format—from major figures on both sides of the question. Note financier and “suffragent” George Foster Peabody, president of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, featured on the section’s front page. Despite the inventive, passionate campaign the suffragists mounted, the referendum failed that round. It passed two years later, on Nov. 6, 1917, when it again came before the state’s (male) voters. That’s the 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage in New York State being celebrated this year.
The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards competition.
National History Day contestants: Please read this.
Upcoming in 2018: April 22: Nassau County Historical Society at the Jericho Public Library. April 29: St. George’s School Women’s Leadership Group May 12: East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (interviewing NY Times media columnist, Jim Rutenberg) May 20: Women’s Suffrage and NYC: A Centennial Celebration Symposium: Bronx Historical Society and Woodlawn Cemetery June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society. July 7 East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (hosting with Sara Davison the garden author and expert Charlotte M. Frieze) : August 4: Shelter Island Historical Society.