Debates over women`s suffrage filled the pages of nineteenth-century articles, speeches, and books. Early natural rights justifications gave way to those based on women`s special characteristics - characteristics used by vehement anti-suffragists to justify women`s exclusion from the polity. These questions over natural rights reappeared in immigration and naturalization debates, which also attracted the print media`s attention. This shift in the rationale for inclusion in the suffrage debates paved the way for a reorientation of American views - from citizenship as a right, to citizenship as a privilege - a view that informed America`s response to questions of immigration and naturalization in the early twentieth century.
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