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ISBN-13: 978-0252074714 ISBN-10: 0252074718

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (December 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252074718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252074714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Casts welcome light on a real American hero."--Journal of American History



"The book's authors provide a thorough examination of two aspects of Paul's work for suffrage: her reliance on nonviolence as the foundation for her campaign and her use of 'visual rhetoric' to advance the cause."--Journalism History

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Past biographies, histories, and government documents have ignored Alice Paul's contribution to the women's suffrage movement, but this groundbreaking study scrupulously fills the gap in the historical record. Masterfully framed by an analysis of Paul's nonviolent and visual rhetorical strategies, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign narrates the remarkable story of the first person to picket the White House, the first to attempt a national political boycott, the first to burn the president in effigy, and the first to lead a successful campaign of nonviolence.

 

Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene also chronicle other dramatic techniques that Paul deftly used to gain publicity for the suffrage movement. Stunningly woven into the narrative are accounts of many instances in which women were in physical danger. Rather than avoid discussion of Paul's imprisonment, hunger strikes, and forced feeding, the authors divulge the strategies she employed in her campaign. Paul's controversial approach, the authors assert, was essential in changing American attitudes toward suffrage.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fritza on July 29, 2010
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This was a selection for my book club and there were two of us who really enjoyed the book and several who didn't read it. It was written more as a research paper which perhaps would turn some people off. I found that it was very readable but perhaps some chapters were a bit detailed. I was glad to fill in this area of history and find out who carried the banner of suffrage forward after Susan B. Anthony and other well known names died in the early 1900's. Women's suffrage was not passed as a federal amendment until 1920 so Alice Paul was one of the key figures at this time. Her tenacity and non-violent methods were exemplary and I would recommend this book to broaden your understanding of America's history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vera Antoniadis on July 14, 2013
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In November of 1912, twenty-seven year old Alice Paul accepted what the NAWSA Board (National American Women Suffrage Association) viewed as an inconsequential position -- chairmanship of their Congressional Committee. The only thing required of Alice would be to move to Washington and get the Susan B. Anthony Suffrage Amendment introduced in Congress each year. The Board members did not know that Alice Paul wanted this chairmanship and had, in fact, enlisted Jane Addams’ help to get it. She would use this position to launch a political campaign to get the Susan B. Anthony Amendment passed.

Her campaign tactics would revolve around visual images that would promote logical arguments relating to the rights of citizens. These images, referred to as visual rhetoric by the authors, were intended to convince the public of the need for equality for women. Women would be portrayed as independent, intelligent, responsible, and entitled to full citizenship. Paul’s campaign would be inspired by the tactics of England’s militant suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, tempered by Thoreau’s and Tolstoy’s justifications for civil disobedience, and guided by Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance.

Within three months of her arrival in Washington, Alice Paul staged her first spectacular display of visual rhetoric – a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. Expecting to be greeted by thousands when he arrived in Washington, Wilson’s supporters were, instead, at the Women’s Suffrage parade. Between December, 1912 and May, 1919, Alice Paul ran an essentially flawless political campaign, and by mid May, 1919, both Houses of Congress passed the suffrage amendment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Avila on October 21, 2012
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I was moved to learn as much as I could about Alice Paul after viewing the film "Ironed Jawed Angels" with Hilary Swank. I've since read two books. I've wondered why this episode in American history is so obscure. It needs to be more fully developed in our history books. If anyone deserves to be placed among our great leaders on Mount Rushmore, it's Alice Paul. All men and women need to know her story and the women's suffrage movement. This movement had more impact on enhancing our democratic freedoms than any war fought following the American Revolution. The suffragists were no less heroic than the combat veterans who fought in all the wars in which our country has been engaged.
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By felicia on August 23, 2013
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The book was as described and came in time. I needed it for school and have it. Exactly what I wanted.
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