Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists

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Macmillan, Aug 22, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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.

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Awesome book, used it for two papers, one of which I got an A+ on - gives real detail but only the stuff you need to know, not a load of random garbage. Excellently written and really draws you in and makes you love the suffragists, part of what made me a feminist.

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About the author (2006)

Jean H. Baker teachers history at Goucher College and is the author of James Buchanan and Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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