Frontier Freedom Fighter: The Story of Clarina Nichols

Frontier Freedom Fighter: The Story of Clarina Nichols

by Diane Eickhoff

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Author/narrator Diane Eickoff brings a lesser-known leader of the 19th-century women's rights movement to the attention of students. Based on the author's Revolutionary Heart (Quindaro, 2006), a biography of Clarina Nichols, the CD opens as Nichols reaches out to shake the hand of presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant. That's just one of the bold moves made by this Vermont native. At a time when a woman didn't even own the clothes on her back, Nichols overcame the difficulties of caring for three small children while dealing with an irrational husband and, finally, a failed first marriage. A second, happier union, with editor George Nichols, was troubled by illness, hard work, and relocation. Traveling to emerging states such as Wisconsin and Kansas, Nichols became a recognized leader in the battle to change the laws that oppressed women. The first child of community-minded Baptists, she was unflinching in her determination and often traveled alone to participate in rallies. Acquainted with notable social activists such as Horace Greeley, she included Susan B. Anthony among her correspondents. Even in semi-retirement in California, Nichols continued to support the Temperance movement and her last letter warned of the dangers of second hand smoke. Eickhoff's straightforward narration matches Clarina Nichols's direct but caring personality. Well-chosen music, carefully placed throughout the recording, adds just the right emotional tone. Extensively researched with many quotes from Nichols's writing, Frontier Freedom Fighter offers middle and high school students information about a lesser-known figure in the women's rights movement. The CD will be even more effective combined with Eickoff's book.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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