A History of the American Suffragist Movement

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Tracing the roots of the movement to the independent women of seventeenth-century colonial America, Weatherford chronicles the long and tortuous campaign to secure women's suffrage. She emphasizes the connections of the women's movement, which rested on profound moral convictions, to the other great nineteenth-century reform movements of abolitionism and temperance. She recounts the inspiring triumphs as well as the heartbreaking setbacks of the movement, which culminated in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Her text is easy to read, and Weatherford is adept at giving historical characters personality…this book would be useful to undergraduates, high school students, or the general public."


Library Journal

"Her fluid writing and use of primary sources draw readers into a thoughtful and compelling study of this history."


School Library Journal

"…a coherent narrative history as it was viewed by the suffragists themselves…Recommended for general readers and undergraduate students."



"This book should be in core collection material about women's rights and suffrage. Highly Recommended."


The Book Report

Library Journal
In this new book, Weatherford (women's studies, Univ. of South Florida; Milestones: A Chronology of American Women's History, LJ 4/1/97) hopes to "tell the fascinating story of the struggle for suffrage by offering just a portion of the details available in their official history [Elizabeth Stanton's History of Woman Suffrage]." She states in the preface that almost all of the quotations are from that work, which is vital information as she includes lengthy quotes in the text with little if any attribution. Her text is easy to read, and Weatherford is adept at giving historical characters personality. The photographs and illustrations scattered throughout the book give faces to the women and men who fought to get women the right to vote. However, as the original History of Woman Suffrage has six volumes, a little more detail here would have been appropriate. Taken solely as an abridgment or collection of highlights from the History, this book would be useful to undergraduates, high school students, or the general public. Upper-level undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, though, may question the scanty primary sources and heavy dependence on monographs.Julie Still, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
School Library Journal
YA-Weatherford traces the roots of the long and difficult struggle to gain women's suffrage. She links the women's movement to other profound moral reforms of the 19th century-abolitionism and temperance. Beginning in 1637, she follows the ups and downs of the movement chronologically until the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Her fluid writing and use of primary sources draw readers into a thoughtful and compelling study of this history. Throughout, they come to see how things women take for granted today such as attending a college of their choice, playing a sport, signing a contract, getting a credit card, and even wearing pants were made possible for 20th-century women.-Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070659
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Pages: 298
  • Age range: 6 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 In the Beginning: 1637 to 1840 1
Ch. 2 "Let Facts Be Submitted to a Candid World": 1840 to 1848 21
Ch. 3 "The Spirit of a Snake" and the Spirit of Success: 1848 to 1860 37
Ch. 4 The Battle Cry of Freedom: 1860 to 1876 79
Ch. 5 The Hour Not Yet: 1871 to 1888 127
Ch. 6 The Century Turns; The Movement Turns: 1881 to 1912 155
Ch. 7 The Longest Labor Ends: 1912 to 1920 195
App. 1: Timeline 245
App. 2: Documents 251
Bibliography 261
Index 267
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