Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign

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University of Illinois Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Social Science - 296 pages
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Past biographies, histories, and government documents have ignored Alice Paul's contribution to the women's suffrage movement, but this groundbreaking study scrupulously fills the gap in the historical record. Masterfully framed by an analysis of Paul's nonviolent and visual rhetorical strategies, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign narrates the remarkable story of the first person to picket the White House, the first to attempt a national political boycott, the first to burn the president in effigy, and the first to lead a successful campaign of nonviolence.

Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene also chronicle other dramatic techniques that Paul deftly used to gain publicity for the suffrage movement. Stunningly woven into the narrative are accounts of many instances in which women were in physical danger. Rather than avoid discussion of Paul's imprisonment, hunger strikes, and forced feeding, the authors divulge the strategies she employed in her campaign. Paul's controversial approach, the authors assert, was essential in changing American attitudes toward suffrage.

 

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Contents

chapter 1
1
chapter 2
21
chapter 3
42
chapter 4
76
chapter 5
117
chapter 6
141
chapter 7
157
chapter 8
191
chapter 9
215
conclusion
243
bibliography
249
index
265
back cover
277
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Page xiii - SECTION 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. SECTION 2. Congress shall have power, by appropriate legislation, to enforce the provisions of this article.
Page 2 - And this is the word of the Lord God to you all, and a charge to you all in the presence of the living God, be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. Then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one; whereby in them ye may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you.

About the author (2010)

Katherine H. Adams is William and Audrey Hutchinson Distinguished Professor in the department of English at Loyola University, New Orleans, and the author of several books, including A Group of Their Own: College Writing Courses and American Women Writers, 1880-1940. Michael L. Keene holds the John C. Hodges Teaching Chair in the department of English at the University of Tennessee and author of Successful Writing.

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