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Picturing Political PowerImages in the Women's Suffrage Movement$
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Allison K. Lange

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703244

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703381.001.0001

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Competing Visual Campaigns

Competing Visual Campaigns

(p.125) 5: Competing Visual Campaigns
Picturing Political Power

Allison K. Lange

University of Chicago Press

The fifth chapter centers on the turn of the century when suffrage organizations began forming national visual campaigns. They debated what political women should look like. Were they respectable older leaders or young picketing activists? Caring white mothers or refined black intellectuals? In 1896, Mary Church Terrell became the first president of the National Association of Colored Women. She and the NACW articulated a vision for respectable, educated black political womanhood. Black suffragists largely relied on an often-ambivalent black press for distributing their pictures. Comparatively well-funded white suffragists of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and National American Woman Suffrage Association formed press committees to design propaganda that pictured them as beautiful, patriotic mothers, obscuring black women’s activism.

Keywords:   Mary Church Terrell, National Association of Colored Women, portraits, National American Woman Suffrage Association, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, anti-suffrage movement, Henrietta Briggs-Wall, Frances Willard, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Ida B. Wells-Barnett

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