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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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How old is Plankinton Statue? 144, 129 or just 120 years old?

Plankinton Statue dated to 1883 Date of Plankinton statue is in dispute. Many sources claim the statue is 144 years old (1868), but it is more likely to have been created during the mid 1880’s when the sculptor, R. H. … Continue reading

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Plankinton Statue moves to Storage

Mr. Plankinton takes a Vacation Check out the pictures from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as they move Mr. Plankinton to storage.

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