Jailed for Freedom: American Women Win the Vote

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A firsthand account of the National Woman’s Party, which organized and fought a fierce battle for passage of the 19th Amendment. The suffragists endured hunger strikes, forced feedings, and jail terms. First written in 1920 by Doris Stevens, this version was edited by Carol O’Hare. Includes an introduction by Smithsonian curator Edith Mayo, along with appendices, an index, historic photos, and illustrations.
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Overview

A firsthand account of the National Woman’s Party, which organized and fought a fierce battle for passage of the 19th Amendment. The suffragists endured hunger strikes, forced feedings, and jail terms. First written in 1920 by Doris Stevens, this version was edited by Carol O’Hare. Includes an introduction by Smithsonian curator Edith Mayo, along with appendices, an index, historic photos, and illustrations.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
American women fought hard, and many paid dearly, to win the right to vote. Stevens saw action in the front lines of the battle and was one of the dozens of women imprisoned for picketing the White House. First published in 1920, this long-out-of-print book offers Stevens's firsthand account of the women who endured the indifference of Congress and President Woodrow Wilson, the abuse by the press and the police, beatings at the hands of mobs and forced feedings in foul workhouses to force passage of the 19th Amendment. Although Jailed for Freedom was conceived as a history of the National Woman's Party (NWP), O'Hare has edited out the ``minute detail of legislative politics, author bias, and verbiage,'' leaving a vivid partisan account that clearly conveys the excitement of both battle and victory. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Originally published in 1920, this work chronicles the final crucial struggle that gained women the right to vote. Led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party, the militants, including the author, endured prison, vicious attacks by men, and hunger strikes to make history.
School Library Journal
YA-Originally written as a history of the National Woman's Party, this revision of the 1920 edition makes its timely appearance in the year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. O'Hare has edited Stevens's lively, first-person account for flow and continuity, but attempted to retain the integrity of the original in tone and content. A lengthy introduction by Edith Mayo gives a capsule history of the women's suffrage movement and describes the strategies and personalities of the leaders. The narrative opens on the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration-March 13, 1913. Through descriptions of struggles and setbacks, Stevens shows her group's remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. Black-and-white photos appear throughout. A readable primary source.-Patricia Q. Noonan, Prince William Public Library, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939165254
  • Publisher: NewSage Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 814,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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