Resisting "the Doldrums": The League of Women Voters in North Carolina in the 1950s

April 2009
North Carolina Historical Review;Apr2009, Vol. 86 Issue 2, p180
Academic Journal
The article profiles the League of Women Voters in North Carolina (NCLWV) during the 1950s. Details of the North Carolina chapter's founding and early history is given, mentioning its beginnings in the 1920s aiming to involve women in civic and community improvement. Commentary is given noting dissent within the organization concerning racial and social issues which caused the organization to disband in 1936 and reorganize in 1951. The social conditions of Southern women in the 1950s are examined in-depth, analyzing what caused the reorganization of the group during the decade. Political causes taken up by the NCLWV are also profiled, such as prison reform, women's rights, and race relations.


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