ONE WOMAN AGAINST WAR: The Jeannette Rankin Story

ONE WOMAN AGAINST WAR: The Jeannette Rankin Story

by Kevin S. Giles


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She was the lonely dissenter, committed to following the dictates of her conscience no matter the consequences. Jeannette Rankin, an early leader for woman suffrage and the first woman elected to Congress, crusaded for peace her entire life. “Killing more people won't help matters,” she said.

The Montana native was an American icon of extremes in politics, applauded as a beacon of hope by many people and vilified as a traitor by others. Rankin is widely known as the first woman elected to Congress. Lesser known is that she was a historical oddity, standing as the only American to vote against both world wars.

Rankin’s public involvement, rooted in the reform movement of the early 1900s, lasted half a century. She was a vigorous participant in the great suffrage campaigns preceding World War I, a critic of war profiteering in the years leading to World War II, and put her name to an antiwar march on the US Capitol in 1968. Soon after she was named “the world’s outstanding living feminist.”

Rankin left behind a rich legacy of pacifism, born in the belief that women, once they had the right to vote, would make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634917063
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

1 ~ Thousands of voices, speaking as one
2 ~ Born in Montana Territory
3 ~ Awakening to national reform
4 ~ Suffrage, one vote at a time
5 ~ Barnstorming Montana for suffrage
6 ~ Campaigning for U.S. House, 1916
7 ~ Mr. Speaker, the Lady from Montana
8 ~ A symbol for women, then comes war
9 ~ First woman in Congress, first vote
10 ~ A pacifist is born
11 ~ Social legislation in a War Congress
12 ~ Overcoming objections to national suffrage
13 ~ Weathering an assault on civil liberties
14 ~ Turning to Georgia for world peace
15 ~ One woman against war
16 ~ Lobbying Congress for peace
17 ~ The lonely dissenter
18 ~ An eerie echo of history
19 ~ Learning from Gandhi
20 ~ The Jeannette Rankin Brigade
21 ~ Voice for women and peace
22 ~ Government by the people
23 ~ Jeannette Rankin's legacy
Acknowledgements and Sources
Selected Bibliography

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