From Library Journal
Andersen (political science, Syracuse Univ.) brings together a wealth of material from an array of primary and secondary sources in this reevaluation of the impact of the Nineteenth Amendment. She demonstrates that observers who deemed woman suffrage a failure understood neither the way in which the appearance of a new constituency changed the political calculus of officeholders and candidates nor the shift in public understanding of campaigns and elections that followed. Mistakenly held responsible for the decline in voter turnout, woman suffrage contributed to the Progressive-era shift toward rationalizing politics and diminishing the influence of parties. Throughout the Twenties, women negotiated their new relationship with political institutes and began to reshape the boundaries of appropriate gender behavior. Their commitment to a women's agenda served as a model for the development of interest group politics that currently pervades political life. Although written primarily for academics, this accessible study may well have a wider audience.?Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.
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