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Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (Turning Points in History) Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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In this riveting account, political analyst Eleanor Clift chronicles the many thrilling twists and turns of the suffrage struggle and shows how the issues and arguments that surrounded the movement still reverberate today. Beginning with the Seneca Falls Womans Rights Convention of 1848, Clift introduces the movements leaders, recounts the marches and demonstrations, and profiles the oppositionantisuffragists, both men and women, who would do anything to stop women from getting the vote.
Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment mines the many rich stories buried deep within this tumultuous period of our history. Here, Clift reveals how:
- Opposition came not only from men, but also from women who were afraid of losing the special protection they enjoyed as the"weaker sex." It wasnt until the United States was preparing to enter World War I to defend democracy around the world that denying women the vote became indefensible.
- Frail and beautiful Inez Milholland Boissevain died campaigning for suffrage and became a martyr to the movement. Her death spurred protests in front of the White House, to the embarrassment of President Wilson.
- The president directed the mass arrests of these peacefully picketing suffragists, and they endured miserable prison conditions that horrified the nation.
- Race divided the suffrage leaders. Frederick Douglass played a crucial role during the early suffrage meetingsand later was betrayed by Susan B. Anthony.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton had a penchant for "bloomers" as a symbol of womens independence a risky fashion statement that backfired.
A stirring reminder for women to never take their rights for granted, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment profiles the brave figures who spent their lives supporting the womens movement over the course of seventy-two years.
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How the people below can condemn it on one mistake and by one line obviously written before the book was even out, is just wrong.
>Yee also notes: "After meticulous research into the available printed documents of the period, [Nell Irvin] Painter has found no evidence to corroborate Gage's 'report' of the speech, particularly from newspapers that likely would have reported such a momentous and controversial event as Gage supposedly memorialized.
Prominent abolitionist and editor Marius Robinson reported on the speech in the June 21, 1851, issue of his newspaper, the "Anti-Slavery Bugle."
He wrote: "One of the most unique and interesting speeches of the convention was made by Sojourner Truth, an emancipated slave. It is impossible to transfer it to paper, or convey any adequate idea of the effect it produced upon the audience. Those only can appreciate it who saw her powerful form, her whole-souled, earnest gesture, and listened to her strong and truthful tones. She came forward to the platform and addressing the President said with great simplicity: "May I say a few words?" Receiving an affirmative answer, she proceeded: I want to say a few words about this matter. I am a woman's rights. I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? I have heard much about the sexes being equal. I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that is now. As for intellect, all I can say is, if a woman have a pint, and a man a quart - why can't she have her little pint full? You need not be afraid to give us our rights for fear we will take too much, - for we can't take more than our pint'll hold. The poor men seems to be all in confusion, and don't know what to do.Read more ›
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I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THE MOVIE BASED ON THIS BOOK. EVERYONE WOMEN SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE JUST TO SEE HOW THE MEN TREATED WOMEN.. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by lucky linda
I guess it would be too much trouble for MS. Cliff to check her facts to see if they are true or lies. God what a left wing fool!Published on January 18, 2009 by Keith W. Humphrey
No, we all do not know that Sojourner Truth never gave that speech.Published on November 25, 2003 by JR-1844
I am surprised to see the "Ain't I a Woman" speech attributed to Sojourner Truth--why did Eleanor Clift not read the definitive biography of Truth, written by Nell Irvin... Read morePublished on October 28, 2003