Rabble Rousers: Twenty American Women Who Made A Difference

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Just in time for Women's History Month, here are short, spirited profiles of twenty women who impacted life in America by speaking out against injustice and fighting for social improvements. The folksy, friendly narrative introduces such fascinating figures as Sojourner Truth, abolitionist preacher; Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War physician; Margaret Sanger, birth control pioneer; and Doris Haddock, a ninety-two-year-old champion of campaign-finance reform. The book spans over two hundred years of American ...

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Overview

Just in time for Women's History Month, here are short, spirited profiles of twenty women who impacted life in America by speaking out against injustice and fighting for social improvements. The folksy, friendly narrative introduces such fascinating figures as Sojourner Truth, abolitionist preacher; Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War physician; Margaret Sanger, birth control pioneer; and Doris Haddock, a ninety-two-year-old champion of campaign-finance reform. The book spans over two hundred years of American history and includes time lines for such important social movements as abolition, woman suffrage, labor, and civil rights. Readers inspired by these fiery women can use the civil action tips and resources in the back of the book to do some of their own rabble-rousing.

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Publishers Weekly
Women activists take center stage in Rabble Rousers: 20 Women Who Made a Difference by Cheryl Harness. The volume opens in 1776 with Ann Lee, founder of the first Shaker colony in Niskeyuna, N.Y. (near Albany), and closes with the ongoing story of 92-year-old Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who walked cross-country in 1999 in an effort to draw attention to the issue of campaign finance reform. The leaders are grouped within the abolitionist, women's, labor and civil rights movements. Readers will gobble up the wealth of information here. Back matter contains "civil action tips," resource listings and suggestions for further reading.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Each bordered spread introduces an individual reformer and provides an overview of her contribution to the pursuit of women's rights. Four thorough time lines follow related social movements. Energetic watercolor illustrations include small portraits and add historical detail as well as interest. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Beginning with Ann Lee, mother of the Shaker movement, and ending with Doris Haddock, fighting for campaign finance reform, Harness (The Revolutionary John Adams, p. 1693, etc.) sketches in words and pictures 20 women who "dared to try to change the world." She includes those one would hope are familiar to children—Eleanor Roosevelt, Sojourner Truth—but also includes several who are less well-known, like Mother Jones of the labor movement and Margaret Sanger. She also chronicles women who have almost vanished from historical consciousness: Frances Wright, who wrote a book about America in 1821 and fought for the education of slaves and against the legal fettering of women; or Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, an Army surgeon during the Civil War who is the only woman ever awarded the Medal of Honor (although Congress did try to take it away). Each woman’s story is told in two facing pages, with a portrait, a quote, her dates, and some illustrations of her life’s work. This makes the format accessible and attractive, but does mean that information has to be shoehorned in, and there is some awkwardness of style and phrasing. Harness also includes timelines of the abolition, women’s, labor, and civil-rights movements, which give a quick overview of where these women’s lives fit into context. She closes with extremely brief suggestions of resources, places to visit, and a ten-word glossary. Useful for school reports and for expanding the knowledge base of American women’s history. (index, bibliographies, Web Resources) (Biography. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525470359
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/27/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Harness has written and illustrated many acclaimed historical picture books, including Remember the Ladies.

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