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My thesis about Rural Women Creating Community now available for download

A Case Study: The Role of Women in Creating Community on the Rural Frontier: 1880-1920 During the Dakota Boom years of 1878 to 1887, Dakota Territory welcomed droves of new families, adding close to 400,000 people in the 1880s. Creating … Continue reading

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South Dakota Suffragist — Mary (Mamie) Shields Pyle, 1866-1949

Exercising excellent organizational, political, and people management skills, suffrage leader Mamie Shields Pyle led the successful effort to deliver full suffrage to South Dakota’s female citizens. As president of the South Dakota Universal Franchise League (SDUFL) from 1911 to 1918, … Continue reading

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Equality at the Ballot Box Authors

I was privileged to meet several authors of the book “Equality at the Ballot Box” when we each presented a talk on the chapter we wrote for the book. We met first in October in Las Vegas and then in … Continue reading

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Speaking in South Dakota

I was on the road last week presenting my talk on Woman Suffrage to two audiences in South Dakota. On Tuesday, I spoke in Yankton at the recently renovated Mead Building, home of the Mead Cultural Education Center. I was … Continue reading

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South Dakota’s Many Campaigns

Woman suffrage emerged as a political issue early in the history of Dakota Territory and later, South Dakota. After fifty years of struggle, the suffrage proponents finally persuaded the male voters to accept women as equals at the ballot box. … Continue reading

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Blogging about Woman Suffrage state campaigns

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution opened voting rights to all citizens, regardless of sex. The amendment became law in 1920. Before that event, fifteen states and Alaska Territory had already enfranchised their female citizens. In my blog, … Continue reading

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The Wisconsin Campaign for Woman Suffrage

“Ceaseless, Unremitting Toil:” The Wisconsin Campaign for Woman Suffrage By Ruth Page Jones The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution Adopted on August 18, 1920, after ratification by thirty-six states: “The right of citizens of the United States to … Continue reading

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Why South Dakota and Wisconsin?

Most of my history writing covers topics in either South Dakota or Wisconsin. Why is that? Well, I lived in South Dakota the first twenty-four years of my life, most of that time in my hometown of Plankinton. After high … Continue reading

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Nine feet high, Not!

Here’s a lesson in carefully reading your source: In the previous post I paraphrased the 1892 newspaper article and wrote that the pedestal was nine feet high. After a more careful reading of the original source, I discovered my mistake. … Continue reading

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True date of Plankinton Statue in Plankinton Arcade is 1892

Two stories published in the 1892 Milwaukee Journal reference the installation of the John Plankinton Statue in the Plankinton Hotel lobby rotunda. The statue was placed on a pedestal, nine feet high, (correction: statue and pedestal together are nine feet … Continue reading

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