America's Forgotten Suffragists: Virginia and Francis Minor

America's Forgotten Suffragists: Virginia and Francis Minor

by Nicole Evelina
America's Forgotten Suffragists: Virginia and Francis Minor

America's Forgotten Suffragists: Virginia and Francis Minor

by Nicole Evelina


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After being forgotten for nearly 130 years, the “Mother of Suffrage in Missouri” and her husband are finally taking their rightful place in history. St. Louisans Virginia and Francis Minor forever changed the direction of women’s rights by taking the issue to the Supreme Court for the first and only time in 1875, a feat never eclipsed even by their better-known peers Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Yet despite a myriad of accomplishments and gaining notoriety in their own time, the Minors’ names have largely faded from memory. In 1867, Virginia founded the nation’s first organization solely dedicated to women’s suffrage—two years before Anthony formed the National Woman’s Suffrage Association (NWSA). Virginia and Francis were also the brains behind the groundbreaking idea that women were given the right to vote under the Fourteenth Amendment, a philosophy the NWSA adopted for nearly a decade. And their story doesn’t end there. After the court case, Francis went on to become a prolific writer on women’s rights and one of the first and strongest male allies of the suffrage movement. Virginia instigated tax revolts across the country and campaigned side-by-side with Anthony for women’s rights in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. America’s Forgotten Suffragists: Virginia and Francis Minor is the first biography of these suffrage celebrities who were unique for their time in being jointly dedicated to the cause of female enfranchisement. This book follows their lives from slave-holding Virginians through their highly-lauded civilian work during the Civil War, and into the height of the early suffrage movement to show how two ordinary people of like mind, dedicated to a cause, can change the course of history.

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ISBN-13: 9781493067756
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 03/01/2023
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 563,384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nicole Evelina is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and women’s fiction. Her six books have won more than 40 awards, including four Book of the Year designations. She was named Missouri’s Top Independent Author by Library Journal and Biblioboard as the winner of the Missouri Indie Author Project and has been awarded the North Street Book Prize and the Sarton Women’s Book Award. In addition to books, her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She lives outside St. Louis, Missouri.

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"In the popular pantheon of woman suffrage movement champions you won't find the names of Virginia and Francis Minor, even though the 19th c husband-wife duo were among the most creative and courageous warriors for American women's right to vote. Happily, Nicole Evelina has remedied this historic omission in her lively account of the Minor's lives and their legal quest for equality. Virginia practiced civil disobedience by attempting to register to vote in 1872, but was turned away; Francis argued her case all the way to the Supreme Court, using a novel and nervy interpretation of the Constitution they'd designed together. It's a legal love story with vivid lessons for today." - Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

"It is painful that their story is not more widely known, and delightful that Nicole Evelina has restored their place in our history. As Virginia and Francis Minor demonstrate, the fight for equal rights was a human right, their cause shared by men and women of heart." - Johanna Neuman, historian, author of And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the Right to Vote and Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote    

"A most welcome addition to the expanding history of women's suffrage." - Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched   

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