Theodore Roosevelt to Edith Wyatt

Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
December 15, 1912, Box 1, Folder 35, Edith F. Wyatt Collection, Newberry Library.

Despite mixed feelings, Theodore Roosevelt officially supported women's suffrage in his 1912 presidential campaign. His discomfort with the subject is evident in a letter he wrote in reply to Chicago literary critic Edith Franklin Wyatt. Roosevelt suggests that women's suffrage might help in the fight against prostitution. He also expresses doubts about the positive effects of women's votes, however, noting that there has been little change in states that have granted them suffrage.

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Midwest MS Wyatt Box 1, Folder 35
Date:
December 15, 1912
Subjects:
Gender and society Suffrage
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Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
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