Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote

by Susan Zimet, Todd Hasak-Lowy


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The United States of America is almost 250 years old, but American women won the right to vote less than a hundred years ago.

And when the controversial nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the one granting suffrage to women-was finally ratified in 1920, it passed by a mere one-vote margin.

The amendment only succeeded because a courageous group of women had been relentlessly demanding the right to vote for more than seventy years. The leaders of the suffrage movement are heroes who were fearless in the face of ridicule, arrest, imprisonment, and even torture. Many of them devoted themselves to the cause knowing they wouldn't live to cast a ballot.
The story of women's suffrage is epic, frustrating, and as complex as the women who fought for it. Illustrated with portraits, period cartoons, and other images, Roses and Radicals celebrates this captivating yet overlooked piece of American history and the women who made it happen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477545
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 801,680
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Susan Zimet has dedicated her professional life to key public policy issues such as the environment, poverty, children and women's rights. She served for close to twenty years as an elected official representing New Paltz, NY. Like the suffragists in the story, Zimet stood up against powerful forces and was constantly covered in the press for challenging controversial issues. In 2019, Susan was appointed to serve as The Food and Policy Coordinator for the State of New York. Zimet is President of Zimet Group, Inc., and the President of 2020: Project Women, Inc. Roses and Radicals is her first book for young readers. She lives in Athens, New York, with her husband Steve.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Enough of the Everlasting No 7

Chapter 2 A Leader Emerges and a Resolution Is Made 21

Chapter 3 The Great Partnership 42

Chapter 4 Postwar Turbulence 57

Chapter 5 A Vote, a Trial, and the Long, Long Road to Suffrage 73

Chapter 6 British Tactics and New Leadership on Parade 93

Chapter 7 The Long Showdown and a Night of Terror 111

Chapter 8 War of the Roses: The Final Battle for the Right to Vote? 129

Epilogue? 147

Source Notes 151

Bibliography 155

Acknowledgments 157

Index 158

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