ISBN-10:
0252074718
ISBN-13:
9780252074714
Pub. Date:
12/28/2007
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign

Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign

by Katherine H Adams, Michael L Keene

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Overview

Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign

Past biographies, histories, and government documents have ignored Alice Paul's contribution to the women's suffrage movement, but this groundbreaking study scrupulously fills the gap in the historical record. Masterfully framed by an analysis of Paul's nonviolent and visual rhetorical strategies, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign narrates the remarkable story of the first person to picket the White House, the first to attempt a national political boycott, the first to burn the president in effigy, and the first to lead a successful campaign of nonviolence.

Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene also chronicle other dramatic techniques that Paul deftly used to gain publicity for the suffrage movement. Stunningly woven into the narrative are accounts of many instances in which women were in physical danger. Rather than avoid discussion of Paul's imprisonment, hunger strikes, and forced feeding, the authors divulge the strategies she employed in her campaign. Paul's controversial approach, the authors assert, was essential in changing American attitudes toward suffrage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252074714
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 350,967
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Katherine H. Adams is William and Audrey Hutchinson Distinguished Professor in the department of English at Loyola University, New Orleans, and the author of several books, including A Group of Their Own: College Writing Courses and American Women Writers, 1880-1940. Michael L. Keene holds the John C. Hodges Teaching Chair in the department of English at the University of Tennessee and author of Successful Writing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Alice Paul's Formation as Activist     1
The Commitment to Nonviolence     21
Reaching the Group through Words and Pictures     42
Parades and Other Events: Escalating the Nonviolent Pressure     76
Lobbying and Deputations     117
The Political Boycott     141
Picketing Wilson     157
Hunger Strikes and Jail     191
At Nonviolent War     215
Conclusion     243
Works Cited     249
Index     265

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