Women's Rights

Women's Rights

The Suffrage Movement in America, 1848-1920

by Olivia Coolidge
Publisher: E.P. Dutton & Co.
Hardcover, 189 pages
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Today's young women are likely to regard their right to vote and participate in government as a natural and unassailable part of the democratic system. But in 1848, when the Woman's Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York and advocated that suffrage be extended to include the female proportion of the population, the event was denounced as a "motley gathering of fanatical mongrels, of old grannies, male and female, of fugitive slaves and fugitive lunatics."

Beginning with that period when resistance was at its height, Women's Rights traces the woman suffrage movement from its initial enthusiasm under the leadership of Susan B. Anthony, up through the era of the White House pickets and intensive lobbying in the early 1900's, and finally to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

With remarkable clarity and thoroughness, Olivia Coolidge chronicles the lives of the dedicated women who gave leadership to the cause and provides enlightening insights into the nature and operating procedures of the United States' political system. The story of the suffrage movement is more than a salient chapter in history: it is, in addition, an encouraging example to those young readers who will one day help to implement changes and reforms in their government.

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