Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers

Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers

by Barbara F. Berenson


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Massachusetts was at the center of the national struggle for women's rights. Long before the Civil War, Lucy Stone and other Massachusetts abolitionists opposed women's exclusion from political life. They launched the organized movement at the first National Woman's Rights Convention, held in Worcester. After the war, state activists founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association and Woman's Journal to lead campaigns across the country. Their activities laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition. Author Barbara Berenson gives these revolutionary reformers the attention they deserve in this compelling and engaging story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467118620
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 04/09/2018
Series: American Heritage
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 521,543
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara F. Berenson is the author of Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (The History Press 2014) and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (The Freedom Trail Foundation 2011, 2nd edition, 2014). She is the co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2012). A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she works as a senior attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Please visit

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 The Birth of a Movement 17

2 The Convention Decade 27

3 War and Schism 45

4 Decades of Division 55

5 Setbacks in Massachusetts 69

6 The National American Woman Suffrage Association 83

7 New Alliances 95

8 New Tactics 111

9 A Second National Schism 125

10 The Referendum of 1915 133

11 The Winning Plan 143

Conclusion 165

Notes 167

Index 183

About the Audior 189

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