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Suffragists in an Imperial Age: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929 Hardcover – February 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195321166 ISBN-10: 0195321162 Edition: 1st

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"A fresh and originial approach.... In a study that will prove to be one of the most innovative and important to emerge on the women's rights movement, Suffragists in an Imperial Age demonstrates the centrality of the movement for women's rights to the larger debate over the literal and metaphorical boundaries of the nation."--Kathi Kern, Women's Review of Books

"Beyond her significant contributions to the history of the U.S. women's suffrage campaign, Sneider contributes to the history of U.S. expansionism by tracking how women's rights leaders and their foes linked domestic struggles over political rights to imperial debates."--Kristin Hoganson, American Historical Review

"Suffragists in an Imperial Age rightly aims to bridge a gap between cultural historical work on gender and the more established work on gender and the more established woman's history tradition that has been fascinated by the questions around woman's suffrage and its key figures.... Sneider's work opens up some important avenues for the burgeoning work on the history of women's internationalism, and fits nicely with the work of foreign relations historians and those studying the interplay between the foreign and the domestic."--Brian M. Foster, H-Net Reviews

"Beautifully researched and well written, this gem of a book offers a new, frame-shifting look at some of the connections that existed between a series of (seemingly separate) public debates in the US after the Civil War--voting rights for women and US expansionism, both in the West and abroad.... Essential."--N.B. Rosenthal, CHOICE

"Sneider's admirable resistance to telling a 'good story' short-circuits assumptions that are too easily made regarding the relationship between pro-suffragist activists and the lure of empire."--Tracey Jean Boisseau, The Journal of American History

"Sneider has written an innovative study of the intersections of suffrage and expansionism."--The Nation

"This is one of the rare books that will fundamentally change the operating assumptions of scholars working in two fields: women's history and imperial history."--Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

"Suffragists in an Imperial Age offers an illuminating analysis of how suffrage ideologies were reshaped in the second half of the nineteenth century to reflect larger concerns over citizenship and nation-building. Allison Sneider has written a marvelous book, one that will surely rank among our best studies of U.S. suffragism in the postbellum period."--Louise Newman, author of White Women's Rights

" focused more broadly on how American women fit into the construction of citizenship as people of increasing racial diversity came under U.S. dominance...Prove[s] the necessity of broadening perspectives on U.S. women's citizenship activism to consider and incorporate global influences." --Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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Allison L. Sneider, Assistant Professor of History, Rice University.

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