Why Did Colorado Suffragists Fail to Win the Right to Vote in 1877,
but Succeed in 1893?


      In 1893, Colorado suffragists succeeded in winning the right to vote--something they had failed to do when they first tried in 1877. These documents, drawn from a range of sources, reveal what made this early, significant, and surprising victory possible, examining the role of a provision in the state constitution, coalition-building, political parties, social and economic context, the arguments and strategies of the Colorado suffrage movement, and the national situation at the time.

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