44 minutes | Jul 13th 2020

Hindsight: Regionalism, Race, And The Right To Vote

In 1915, the American humor magazine Puck , known for its political cartoons and satire, published a special edition, guest edited by New York State suffrage groups, in anticipation of the upcoming statewide referendum on women’s suffrage. The centerfold illustration, called “The Awakening” and drawn by Henry Mayer, depicts Lady Liberty, with the slogan "Votes for Women" emblazoned on her tunic, awakening the nation to women’s desire for suffrage, walking across the already-enfranchised American West, toward the East, where women were reaching up, clamoring to be saved by her. Printed just below Mayer’s illustration is a five-stanza poem by Alice Duer Miller. Less famous now, Miller was a popular poet and writer of the early 20th century who was part of Dorothy Parker’s famous Algonquin Round Table and often captured the mood of the movement with an irreverent quick wit and skill. Untitled, this poem is a call to arms for women across the nation to take up the cause of suffrage: Look
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