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Children's LiteratureThe Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, passed in June 1919 and ratified in 1920, gives women the right to vote. Taken for granted today, it was only a dream in the early 1800s. Part of the "People at the Center Of" series, this book chronicles a group of women at the heart of social change in America. Countless independent, courageous women join the reform movements that were beginning to move across the country in the 1830s. Temperance societies urged men to give up alcohol. Abolitionists struggled to end slavery. And women everywhere become more politically active in hopes of improving their status. Their actions were not without repercussions, however. Strangers, and even family and friends, ridiculed and scorned the women because of their public protests. But even this did not stop them. Women from all walks of life continued to define the critical issues. Sojourner Truth, a former slave, could not read or write. Nevertheless, she dared to speak out of her own experience. "Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns." She doesn't stop there. "I could work as much and eat as much as a man—when I could get it—and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman?" This book is useful as an introductory text about the facts of women's suffrage. It provides significant highlights leading to landmark constitutional change and offers a closing chronology of people and dates. Bibliographic references aid classroom and individual study. 2004, Blackbirch Press/The Gale Group, Ages 8 to 12.