David G. Hays: August 2010 Archives


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1913 was a big year in the history of the suffrage movement in Illinois. The State Legislature passed a suffrage bill that recognized a woman's right to vote for Presidential electors (first state east of the Mississippi) and many local officials. Ida B. Wells-Barnett founded the Alpha Suffrage Club, believed to be the first such organization for Negro women in the country.
The passage of the suffrage bill was possible because of the hard work of activists led the Chicago Political Equality League, especially Grace Wilbur Trout (at right). From the Wikipedia entry: "One of her [Trout's] assistants, Elizabeth Booth, cut up a Blue Book government directory and made file cards for each of the members of the General Assembly. Armed with the names, four lobbyists went to Springfield to persuade one legislator at a time to support suffrage for women. In 1913, first-term Speaker of the House, Democrat Champ Clark, told Trout that he would submit the bill for a final vote, if there was support for the bill in Illinois. Trout enlisted her network, and while in Chicago over the weekend, Clark received a phone call every 15 minutes, day and night. On returning to Springfield he found a deluge of telegrams and letters from around the state all in favor of suffrage."

The suffrage movement had long roots in Illinois and continued until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. More information on the 1910-1913 campaign for suffrage in Illinois.

This week marks the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Chicago Studies Mindset

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The Chicago Studies Mindset List for the Class of 2014 -

Stealing an idea from - I mean an homage to - The Beloit College Mindset List

Most students entering the College for the first time this fall--the Class of 2014--were born in 1992. For these students:

  1. Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, bluesman Willie Dixon, actor Robert "Mike Brady" Reed, and author Iceberg Slim (Robert Lee Maupin) have always been dead.
  2. Michael Jordan and has always had an NBA Championship ring.
  3. Chicagoans have known about the Loop's underground tunnel system thanks to the Great Chicago Flood
  4. University of Chicago has always been at least 100 years old
  5. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (UCSC's founding director) have always been married.
  6. There has always been an African-American Woman (Mae Jemison, Chicago Public Schools alumna) who traveled to space.
  7. UChicago Economics Professor Gary Becker has always been a Nobel Laureate.
  8. Steel hasn't been made at the USX's Southworks
  9. Sears, Roebuck has not been headquartered in Chicago in "the tallest building you'll ever see" (now the Willis Tower)
  10. The University Community Service Center has always existed (as a student organization from 1992 - 1996)