Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States

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Harvard University Press, 1996 - Political Science - 398 pages
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The book you are about to read tells the story of one of the great social movements in American history. The struggle for women's voting rights was one of the longest, most successful, and in some respects most radical challenges ever posed to the American system of electoral politics...It is difficult to imagine now a time when women were largely removed by custom, practice, and law from the formal political rights and responsibilities that supported and sustained the nation's young democracy...For sheer drama the suffrage movement has few equals in modern American political history.

--From the Preface by Ellen Fitzpatrick

  

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Review: Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States, Enlarged Edition

User Review  - June - Goodreads

I took a class in 1974 and this was one of the texts. I pulled it from the shelf when my son was doing a paper in a gender studies class at Duke. I found a new look at this time in my life very enlightening. Read full review

Review: Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States, Enlarged Edition

User Review  - Kyla Crowley - Goodreads

I had to read this for my US Women's Activism class. It is quite informative and interesting. There are things I can now tell people about our struggle to vote that I didn't know before. A bit dry at ... Read full review

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Contents

The Position of American Women up to 1800
3
Early Steps toward Equal Education
22
The Beginnings of Organization among Women
38
The Beginnings of Reform
57
The Seneca Falls Convention 1848
66
From Seneca Falls to the Civil War
73
PART
97
The Civil War
99
The Reform Era and Womans Rights
195
The Unification of the Suffrage Movement
208
Entering the Twentieth Century
221
Into the Mainstream of Organized Labor
233
The Suffrage Movement Comes of Age 19061913
241
New Life in the Federal Amendment 19141916
255
The Turn of the Tide 19161918
269
Who Opposed Woman Suffrage?
286

The Intellectual Progress of Women 18601875
108
Women in the Trade Unions 18601875
126
The Emergence of a Suffrage Movement
136
First Victories in the West
149
Breaking Ground for Suffrage
157
The Growth of Womens Organizations
171
Women in the Knights of Labor and the Early A F of L
185
A HardWon Victory 19181920
300
Conclusion
318
Afterword
326
Bibliographical Summary
338
Acknowledgments
385
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About the author (1996)

Eleanor Flexner (1908e"1995), a writer, also wrote American Playwrights: 1918e"1938 and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Ellen Fitzpatrick is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and author of Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform.

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