The purpose of this section is to give the student access to all primary and secondary resources for Unit 3.3: Progressive Montana - 1900 to 1925.
"When, after a long struggle, Montana women won the right to vote in 1914, part of their victory could be attributed to the Progressive crusade to make political institutions more representative. However, credit was also due to the dedicated campaigners who visited every part of the state. One of the lead organizers of the suffrage campaign was Jeannette Rankin, who formed a sophisticated organization that marshaled a host of committed volunteers. During the campaign, Rankin reported on the progress to Anna Howard Shaw, president of the National American Women's Suffrage Association. Although suffragists (and their opponents) declared that women would reform and/or vastly change politics, women as members of the electorate actually altered the character of Montana politics very little" (Montana Historical Society).
"Chinese communities grew in Butte, Helena, and throughout the United States as an urban residual of the mining frontier. Many Chinese worked discarded mines with profitable patience, served in countless domestic capacities, and opened businesses of their own. As their communities grew, white neighbors sometimes grew fearful and unfriendly. In Butte, opposition took the form of a union boycott of Chinese businesses. Hum Fay, who owned the Palace Restaurant in Butte, responded with a law suit, which ultimately ended the boycott but not the prejudice that sparked it" (Montana Historical Society).