DescriptionCarrie Chapman Catt Typed Letter Signed as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and written on that association's letterhead. One and one-third pages, 8.5" x 11", March 18, 1920, New York, to "the Legislators of Delaware". Toned and in fine condition.
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), a leading women's suffrage leader prior to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, served as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900-1904, and later from 1915-1920. Catt and N.A.W.S.A worked hard to convince lawmakers to ratify the amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the denial of any citizen the right to vote based on sex. This plea reads in part: "It would be an easy matter to flood the Legislators of Delaware with literature, letters and telegrams, for the National American Woman Suffrage Association is the largest and oldest in the world. . . . We believe such a campaign to be quite unnecessary." Mrs. Catt goes on to "merely call . . . attention to a few facts" which "may have escaped" the attention of the legislators. Delaware did not heed Catt's call and rejected the amendment on June 2, 1920. The amendment was ratified, however, on August 18, 1920, after its ratification by thirty-six other states. Delaware held another vote and finally ratified the amendment on March 6, 1923.
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