Why They Marched

Why They Marched

Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

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For too long the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the visionary adventures of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born, who spearheaded a national movement. In this essential reconsideration, Susan Ware uncovers a much broader and more diverse history waiting to be told. Why They Marched is the inspiring story of the dedicated women--and occasionally men--who carried the banner in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and demonstrating for the right to become full citizens.-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Prologue: A walk through suffrage history
Part One. Claiming citizenship: The trial of Susan B. Anthony and the "Rochester Fifteen"
Sojourner Truth speaks truth to power
Sister-wives and suffragists
Alice Stone Blackwell and the Armenian crisis of the 1890s
Charlotte Perkins Gilman finds her voice
Part Two. The personal is political: The shadow of the Confederacy
Ida Wells-Barnett and the Alpha Suffrage Club
Two sisters
Claiborne Caitlin's suffrage pilgrimage
"How it feels to be the husband of a suffragette"
The farmer-suffragettes
Suffragists abroad
Part Three. Winning strategies: Mountaineering for suffrage
Hazel MacKaye and the "allegory" of woman suffrage
"Bread and roses" and votes for women too
Cartooning with a feminist twist
Jailed for freedom
Maud Wood Park and the Front Door Lobby
Tennessee's "Perfect 36"
Epilogue: "Leaving all to younger hands"
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019
Branch Call Number: 324.6230922 WAR
Characteristics: viii, 345 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780674986688


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The history of how American women won the right to vote has been, for too long, presented as the work of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. Ware shines a light on the racism and eurocentrism of this narrative and instead gives us the stories of 19 women of different races, religions... Read More »

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