With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote

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An award-winning author chronicles the story of the women's suffrage movement in America, using compelling period photographs--including some never before published--to illustrate the vivid narrative.
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An award-winning author chronicles the story of the women's suffrage movement in America, using compelling period photographs--including some never before published--to illustrate the vivid narrative.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
We all know about Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone, pioneers in women's suffrage. However, very little is included in textbooks or curriculum materials about the period from 1913 to 1920. This is a period when Alice Paul was an influential activist, and it includes some of the most violent incidents in the suffrage struggle. This beautifully researched and written book fills in some of the gaps during this important period. The book starts with a recap of the Suffrage Movement from 1848 to 1906, and then expands on the period when women marched on Washington, went to prison and were tortured in prison. The book is a perfect supplemental research text. Every school library that includes women's history as a part of the school curriculum should carry at least one of these texts. The text adds an important voice to our knowledge about the United States Government and history. 2004, National Geographic, Ages 13 to 18.
—Mindy Hardwick
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Bausum peels back the layers of the story of the women's suffrage movement, exposing grit, fiery determination, and radical tactics. After covering the importance of familiar names, she devotes the bulk of the book to the events of 1906 to 1920, when a new group of young women emerged who were willing to truly suffer for suffrage. The movement split into two camps-Carrie Chapman Catt's larger National American Woman Suffrage Association working conservatively to gain the vote state by state, and a smaller, more contentiously radical organization, the National Woman's Party led by Alice Paul, focusing on a federal amendment. Bausum highlights the tension between these factions in well-documented detail and casts it against the greater picture of controversy within and surrounding the national and state governments, as well as World War I. She portrays her suffragist heroines as iron-jawed women totally devoted to their cause. Cloth is a recurrent theme, as the author describes the suffragists' tricolored banners, sashes, pennants, and sewn signs. Vintage photographs, some never before published, depict key figures in the movement speaking, protesting, parading, picketing, and going to jail. Bausum's careful research is evident throughout, with sources thoroughly cited and a text studded with original source quotations. Judy Monroe's The Nineteenth Amendment (Enslow, 1998) also includes lesser-known characters and vintage photos and anecdotal material, but lacks the vitality of Bausum's vivid presentation.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bausum's lucid and nuanced study focuses on 1913-20, the last years of the more than seven decades when women in the US fought for the right to vote. She summarizes what went before and she teases out, remarkably clearly, how hard it was. Women suffered horribly-attacked by mobs, imprisoned with trumped-up charges under filthy conditions, painfully force-fed, and called all manner of evil names-to gain the right to vote. Two separate groups of suffragists (who often had differing plans and means and did not work together) and deep planning by both kept the battle for enfranchisement going. Bausum focuses on Alice Paul and some other lesser-known lights of the movement, and all the while she makes the history live as she explains, exhorts, and lets nothing drop by the wayside. The entire volume is put together wonderfully, using some never-before-published photos and a lively layout. Bausum also gives a gift to young researchers by noting, chapter by chapter, what sources she used in her research and how she used them. Excellent. (profiles, chronology, resource guide, sources and acknowledgments, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792276470
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 545,593
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Bausum is the daughter of a history professor, and she grew up with a love of American history and a passion for research. She is an award-winning author who has published six titles with National Geographic Children’s Books, including the acclaimed Sibert Honor Book Freedom Riders. She lives in Beloit, WI. Visit Ann Bausum at her Web site: www.annbausum.com.
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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    A part of American History not focused on nearly enough. This b

    A part of American History not focused on nearly enough.

    This book is written for children, but I found it invaluable. Written in easy to digest, but poignant bits of information, it provides snap shots of the main players and a sequence of event leading up to the final goal. The pictures and quotes artfully featured throughout the book highlight attitudes and the era in which the last push took place. The Bibliography provides a great guide for further reading. There is also a section giving information about some of the main women supporters, helping clarify who each one is ( when reading the story I found on occasion I got the people mixed up and this section helped straighten out everything beautifully). This is a book I plan on adding to my children’s book shelf and is worthy to be added to all children’s libraries.

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