The Lives of America's Suffragists

Book - 2005
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McMillan Palgrave

How the Personal Became Political In the Fight to Grant Women Civil Rights

They forever changed America: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Alice Paul. At their revolution's start in the 1840s, a woman's right to speak in public was questioned. By its conclusion in 1920, the victory in woman's suffrage had also encompassed the most fundamental rights of citizenship: the right to control wages, hold property, to contract, to sue, to testify in court. Their struggle was confrontational (women were the first to picket the White House for a political cause) and violent (women were arrested, jailed, and force-fed in prisons). And like every revolutionary before them, their struggle was personal.

For the first time, the eminent historian Jean H. Baker tellingly interweaves these women's private lives with their public achievements, presenting these revolutionary women in three dimensions, humanized, and marvelously approachable.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809087037
Branch Call Number: 324.623 B174s
Characteristics: 277 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jul 04, 2011

Although I've read abundantly about the suffragist movement, this book still gave me some new details. The author gives more of a sense of the women's personal histories and experiences than other books I've read. It was fascinating to read how these bold women balanced their personal lives with their activism.
Although some important subjects were given short shrift, this is a good book to read first if one is beginning a study of the suffragist movement.


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