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Woman Suffrage in Colorado

Document 6

Opponents of woman suffrage rejoiced in their victory on October 5, 1877:

        To the thinking, conservative citizen, perhaps the most satisfactory feature of the late election is the overwhelming defeat of the efforts of certain windy fanatics to foist Woman Suffrage upon the people of Colorado.

       [Colorado] was considered by the Woman Suffrage shriekers as an excellent place wherein to try experiments. They left their homes in New England to make a desperate effort to have their pet hobby inaugurated here, knowing that its evil effects would not be felt directly by themselves and utterly regardless of the injury which might be inflicted upon us . . .

       Upon the opening of the late campaign the Suffrage party girded themselves for the conflict. The eastern States were scoured, and all of the crowing hens and clucking cocks in that region of advanced ideas were collected, brought west, and let loose like a flock of magpies upon the people of our State . . . The churches were prostituted for political meetings, the peace and silence of the Sabbath evenings were broken by their insane screechings, bare faced lies were telegraphed all over the country, and every trick known to the most unprincipled politician was brought into play to forward their ends. . . .

       Suffrage is sufficiently extended already and Woman's true sphere is the center of the home circle and not at the polls or in the jury-box.

-- Excerpt from "Gone Up," Editorial in The Pueblo Chieftain,
9 October 1877

10. Give three examples of specific words the writer of the editorial uses to discount the women suffragists.

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11. How does the author's language make you feel about his arguments?

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12. Where does the writer believe women belong?

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