Copyright, 1916. by the New York State Woman Suffrage Party SUFFRAGE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL Lesson I WHAT IS SUFFRAGE? WHY DO MEN VOTE? HOW DID THEY GET THE RIGHT? WHY SHOULD WOMEN VOTE?
Women are making a a great struggle for the right to vote. Every year they gain new ground and every year their efforts and determination grow stronger. It is a mistake to think of woman suffrage as a new movement.
WHAT IS SUFFRAGE? Suffrage is only part of the continuous struggle of the masscs of the people upward from slavery to political freedom, which has been going on since the beginning of civilization. The road along which human beings have travelled to our present so called democracy is a long one, and goes back to the very beginnings of government. Everywhere is Europe, government began in the rule of one man. At first this man was only a tribal chieftain, a war leader; laterhe developed into a king. For centuries, the king had control of all the land and property, and had absolute power of lfe and death over his people.