“I cannot keep her from doing more than she ought to do” 1916–1918

Melba Porter Hay

in Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125329
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135236 | DOI:
“I cannot keep her from doing more than she ought to do” 1916–1918

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Madeline Breckinridge approached the 1916 legislative session with zeal and determination, although exhausted from her three years as president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association and ill with tuberculosis. Upon relinquishing the presidency of KERA, she accepted the position of legislative campaign chair, which gave her the responsibility for organizing the drive to get the General Assembly to pass a state constitutional amendment for woman suffrage. On January 4, Madeline formally opened KERA headquarters in Frankfort.

Keywords: Madge Breckinridge; 1916 legislative session; Equal Rights; tuberculosis; legislative campaign; General Assembly; constitutional amendment; woman suffrage; Frankfort

Chapter.  8712 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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