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Another Declaration of Independence (Harper’s Weekly)

Another Declaration of Independence

Paul Stahr (1883-1953), artist
Harper's Weekly (May 14, 1910), pp. 18-19
[Scan sourced from HathiTrust]

Among the most adamant anti-suffragists were well-educated, wealthy white women who had little desire for solidarity with less fortunate women, fearing the downfall of class structures.

Illustrator Paul Stahr provides a positive portrayal of supporters of women's rights in his reinterpretation of the famous John Trumbull painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. However, classism, racism, and elitism shaped the suffrage movement as much as they influenced its opponents. The depiction includes no women of color, and the women's clothing and demeanor reflect wealth and social status. That the only women depicted in the image are white and appear to come from privileged backgrounds reflects the exclusion of women of color and of women with less money, status, or education.