In A Simple Justice, Melanie Beals Goan offers a new and deeper understanding of the women's suffrage movement in Kentucky by following the people who labored long and hard to see the battle won. Women's suffrage was not simply a question of whether women could and should vote; it carried more serious implications for white supremacy and for the balance of federal and state powers especially in a border state. Shocking racial hostility surfaced even as activists attempted to make America more equitable.
Goan looks beyond iconic women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to reveal figures whose names have been lost to history. Laura Clay and Madeline McDowell Breckinridge led the Kentucky movement, but they did not do it alone. This timely study introduces readers to individuals across the Bluegrass State who did their part to move the nation closer to achieving its founding ideals.
|Publisher:||University Press of Kentucky|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction
The He-Women Come
Jars of Clay
How Do You Spell Equality?
All Women Cannot Be Heroes
Meeting New Work with New Methods
The Pink Tea Stage
Working for Peace
An Instrument to Help Humanity
List of Abbreviations
What People are Saying About This
"Melanie Beals Goan has produced a very fine history of the women's suffrage movement in Kentucky from the state's school suffrage campaign in the 1830s through the achievement of the federal amendment in 1920. Insightful and accessible, A Simple Justice includes both intriguing descriptions of key figures and incisive analysis of racial tensions." Anya Jabour, author of Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women's Activism in Modern America