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  • Series: Turning Points in History (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471426121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471426127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this important electoral year, how women use their vote will be crucial both to the election and to securing the advances women have made, Eleanor Clift has given us a timely history of how hard fought these gains were, and how essential it is for women to again show ourselves as a force in our democracy."--Marie Wilson, President, The Ms. Foundation for Women. President, The White House Project

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After seventy-two arduous years, the fate of the suffrage movement and its masterwork, the Nineteenth Amendment, rested not only on one state, Tennessee, but on the shoulders of a single man: twenty-four-year-old legislator Harry Burn. Burn had previously voted with the antisuffrage forces. If he did so again, the vote would be tied and the amendment would fall one state short of the thirty-six necessary for ratification. At the last minute, though, Harry Burn’s mother convinced him to vote in favor of the suffragist, and American history was forever changed.

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 Woman’s Rights Convention of 1848, Clift introduces the movement’s leaders, recounts the marches and demonstrations, and profiles the opposition–antisuffragists, 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 wasn’t 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 meetings–and later was betrayed by Susan B. Anthony.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton had a penchant for "bloomers" as a symbol of women’s 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 women’s movement over the course of seventy-two years.


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Eva Allen on December 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
eleanor clift's latest book Founding Sisters is her best yet. it is not only informative and insightful, but also beautifully and eloquently written. i think it is important for women in this country to know our history and to honor those women who fiercely struggled, fought, and were in some cases even martyred so that our voice could someday be heard. for those who find ms. clift's book indolent and her research remiss, they should check again. if they are at all honest with themselves, they must admit that there were a lot of facts stated in this book that we (especially women) absolutely should have known, and because of our own complacent ignorance have never taken the time to explore. we need more women like eleanor clift to remind us of our history and give feminism a much needed resuscitation. this book defines the true meaning of girl power and sisterhood!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book, and by my favorite political commentator. I saw her on the Early Show and she made the book sound so interesting I had to run out and get it. It didn't disappoint. While maybe not as good as Ellis' Founding Brothers, it was nonetheless illuminating, engaging and enriching.
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By knock-kncok on February 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I can tell you how pleased I am with this book. I know there are some people that would rate it simply based on their impression of the writer's television personality and politics, but regardless of where on stands on that, this book was impressive. I've read it, both of my daughters read it, my husband read it... and all loved it. It's some an important and untreated aspect of our history. But best of all, Ms. Clift tells the history in a lively, compelling way... I almost felt like I knew these women and lived in that time period. I highly recommend this. I'll be using it in my classroom next year. I'm a high school teacher.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barb A. on December 28, 2009
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Too many women do not bother to vote and do not realize how difficult it was to get the right to vote. With this went women's rights also. This was a long time coming and women should realize how hard and long the struggle was.Maybe it should be required reading in high school classes.
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By lucky linda on January 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THE MOVIE BASED ON THIS BOOK. EVERYONE WOMEN SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE JUST TO SEE HOW THE MEN TREATED WOMEN.. I highly recommend this book to all women just to learn how women were treated in their fight to be enfranchised and allowed to vote under the 14th amendment. Very little is written about the suffrage movement when I was in school in the 1970's. Men treated women as second class citizens from beginning of time and over 60 years later we are still not treated equal today.
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