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This book is an in-depth analysis of how the National Woman's Party's militancy evolved during the period of early twentieth century feminism and American suffrage as a response to the intransigence of male-centered government. Working first as aggressive political lobbyists in an era of progressive reform, the militants brought their struggle on into a period of war hysteria in which they developed an effective strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience as anti-government dissenters. Feminist militancy and ...

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Overview

This book is an in-depth analysis of how the National Woman's Party's militancy evolved during the period of early twentieth century feminism and American suffrage as a response to the intransigence of male-centered government. Working first as aggressive political lobbyists in an era of progressive reform, the militants brought their struggle on into a period of war hysteria in which they developed an effective strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience as anti-government dissenters. Feminist militancy and readiness to resist authorities and break the law for women's rights developed gradually. Women militants, composed of a wide variety of intensely committed women, were not shy about critiquing male oppression and in turn, male authorities responded to the perceived threat of these unnatural 'iron-jawed' females. This study examines the nature of these militants, with biographical sketches, and their evolution from petitions to pickets to prison. Selected by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States as an outstanding book.

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CHOICE
Ford's book provides knowledgeable readers with illuminating information about the 168 suffrage women who choose jail rather than comply with the law that forbade their disruptive suffrage demonstrations.
Journal of American History
The best part of this book is Ford's vivid portrayal of the NWP's militant activism and the reactions of the public, Police, and government.
— Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Minnesota
Journal Of American History
The best part of this book is Ford's vivid portrayal of the NWP's militant activism and the reactions of the public, Police, and government.
— Sally Gregory Kohlstedt
Ellen Fitzpatrick In American Historical Review
Ford offers a dramatic account of the Woman's Party's fierce determination to exploit the war climate, its shrewd political activism, and its brilliant direction of public opinion through nonviolent direct action. The reader gets a vivid sense of what the jailed Woman's Party members endured in their efforts to advance women's political rights...Ford brings a fresh and thoughtful perspective to the suffrage movement.
Choice
Ford's book provides knowledgeable readers with illuminating information about the 168 suffrage women who choose jail rather than comply with the law that forbade their disruptive suffrage demonstrations.
Ellen Fitzpatrick In American Historical Review - Sally Gregory Kohlstedt
The best part of this book is Ford's vivid portrayal of the NWP's militant activism and the reactions of the public, Police, and government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819182067
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,018,243
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda G. Ford is Assistant Professor of History at Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire.

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    A Night of Terror!

    Lucy Burns was chained by her hands to the cell bars above her head where she hung for the rest of the night, barely able to breathe. Dora Lewis was thrown into a dark cell and knocked out cold when her jailers slammed her head against the iron bed. Other women were dragged, beaten, choked, pinched, twisted and kicked by their jailers. Alice Paul refused to eat and was force fed through a tube jabbed down into her throat, creating massive bleeding from her mouth and nose.

    Who were these criminals? None other than the peaceful protesters who stood at the gates of Woodrow Wilson's White House in 1917,on the eve of World War I, with signs that said America is no democracy when women cannot vote.

    Both federal and local governments collaborated on how to handle these militant women and finally threw them into the workhouse where they were abused continually by their jailers.

    What was their crime? Local and federal officials finally came up with a charge of "obstructing sidewalk traffic." This, of course, was a violation of these women's civil liberties. The arrests were unconstitutional because the protesters were not allowed due process of law.

    This book is a classic and should be in every library in the land and in every home where women reside. Recommended highly along with the other books listed as recommended. Julia@JuliaHughesJones.com

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