A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 17, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Alice Paul began her life as a studious girl from a strict Quaker family in New Jersey. In 1907, a scholarship took her to England, where she developed a passionate devotion to the suffrage movement. Upon her return to the United States, Alice became the leader of the militant wing of the American suffrage movement. Calling themselves "Silent Sentinels," she and her followers were the first protestors to picket the White House. Arrested and jailed, they went on hunger strikes and were force-fed and brutalized. Years before Gandhi's campaign of nonviolent resistance, and decades before civil rights demonstrations, Alice Paul practiced peaceful civil disobedience in the pursuit of equal rights for women.
With her daring and unconventional tactics, Alice Paul eventually succeeded in forcing President Woodrow Wilson and a reluctant U.S. Congress to pass the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Here at last is the inspiring story of the young woman whose dedication to women's rights made that long-held dream a reality.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter 1 Quaker Social Worker Suffragette
5
Chapter 2 Thrilling Times
21
Chapter 3 Philadelphia Story
36
Chapter 4 Marching Where the Men March
53
Chapter 5 I Did Not Know Men Could Be Such Fiends
68
Chapter 6 The Split
81
Chapter 7 Summer of Discontent
93
Chapter 13 Women Are Always Hippodroning Around Here
162
Chapter 14 Banner Days
171
Chapter 15 Pardon to Prison
182
Chapter 16 Night of Terror
193
Chapter 17 Stalemate
208
Chapter 18 Victory
225
Chapter 19 Forward into Light
237
Epilogue
246

Chapter 8 Young Women Go West
102
Chapter 9 Field Trip
110
Chapter 10 Miss Paul and Mr Wilson
125
Chapter 11 A Martyr Is Born
139
Chapter 12 Silent Sentinels
146
Note on Major Sources
253
Notes
254
Index
275
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About the author (2010)

Mary Walton is a veteran journalist who wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years. The acclaimed author of several books including For Love of Money and Car: A Drama of the American Workplace, she lives in Ocean Grove, NJ.

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