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Alice Paul and the Woman Suffrage Movement

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Alice Paul, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, raising glass with right hand
Alice Paul, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, raising glass with right hand, Library of Congress

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Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings

Alice Paul
Women's Suffrage
Equal Rights Amendment
National Woman's Party

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The Blair Caldwell African American Research Library archives and reference collection contain primary and secondary source materials about African Americans who helped shape the West. These materials do not check out, but are available to view at the Blair Caldwell library. Email askblaircaldwell@denverlibrary.org or call 720-865-2401 for more information.

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Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection from Library of Congress.
Timeline of events leading to the Nineteenth Amendment (Library of Congress).
Biography and resources from the Alice Paul Institute.
Biography from the National Woman's Party.
Biography and additional resources from the National Women's History Museum.
Start your research on women's suffrage with this guide highlighting the Schlesinger Library's archival collections as well as periodicals, photographs, posters, and memorabilia. Some materials may also be available in digital format and links are included where available.
This guide is a thorough introduction to the women's suffrage movement in the United States, from its beginnings in the 1840s until the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

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