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Extra resources for Battle for the Ballot: Essays on Woman Suffrage in Utah 1870-1896
She came up against an equally zealous and ambitious suffragist in Emmeline B. Wells, who had the advantage of editing a newspaper and enjoying the support of LDS leaders. Charlotte's letters to LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff reveal not only the efforts she expended in behalf of woman suffrage in Utah but the personality of a determined, confident, and competitive worker in the cause. While Beverly Beeton's survey of woman suffrage in Utah looks at many of the conflicting interests that surrounded this volatile issue Page 17 during the 1870s and 1880s, Joan Smyth Iversen, in "The Mormon-Suffrage Relationship: Personal and Political Quandaries," 62 examines in more detail the alliance of Mormon and national suffragists and the impact of polygamy on the national movement along with the personal relationships that evolved from that alliance.
Persons supporting suffrage supposed women would "clean-up" politics as they also fought for prohibition of liquor consumption, immigration restrictions, and laws limiting child labor. Grimes's analysis suffers because he did not adequately consider that the "Puritan" tradition was one of race, class, and gender hierarchy, not democratic egalitarianism, and failed to note, as Beverly Beeton has pointed out, that the 18691870 woman suffrage measures passed without accompanying "purifying'' efforts.
For some women, the woman's movement implied less a battle for social Page 5 power and more a struggle for broader experience and usefulness. For them, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and many of her co-workers in the National were certainly among the number, the movement was philosophically driven more by the belief in the dignity and value of the individual and the right of each to reach his or her highest potential than by ambition for social or political status. 18 With a common origin and a common destiny, they argued, women and men should have the same opportunity for maximum development and use of their faculties.