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Jailed for Freedom: American Women Win the Vote Paperback – March 21, 1995

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American women fought hard, and many paid dearly, to win the right to vote. Stevens saw action in the front lines of the battle and was one of the dozens of women imprisoned for picketing the White House. First published in 1920, this long-out-of-print book offers Stevens's firsthand account of the women who endured the indifference of Congress and President Woodrow Wilson, the abuse by the press and the police, beatings at the hands of mobs and forced feedings in foul workhouses to force passage of the 19th Amendment. Although Jailed for Freedom was conceived as a history of the National Woman's Party (NWP), O'Hare has edited out the "minute detail of legislative politics, author bias, and verbiage," leaving a vivid partisan account that clearly conveys the excitement of both battle and victory. Photos not seen by PW.
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YA?Originally written as a history of the National Woman's Party, this revision of the 1920 edition makes its timely appearance in the year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. O'Hare has edited Stevens's lively, first-person account for flow and continuity, but attempted to retain the integrity of the original in tone and content. A lengthy introduction by Edith Mayo gives a capsule history of the women's suffrage movement and describes the strategies and personalities of the leaders. The narrative opens on the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration?March 13, 1913. Through descriptions of struggles and setbacks, Stevens shows her group's remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. Black-and-white photos appear throughout. A readable primary source.?Patricia Q. Noonan, Prince William Public Library, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NewSage Press (March 21, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939165252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939165254
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stefmomof2 on January 28, 2013
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This is a great book if you like this period of history. The movie that was based on this book is called Iron Jawed Angels. The book is an easy read and pictures are great too!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Richardson on February 15, 2001
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This book is wonderful. It made me proud to be a woman and should serve as an inspiration for women to use their vote. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Lynn on July 24, 2011
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I like this book. It has a lot of great and very interesting information. There are sections that get a little too wordy, but I really enjoyed this book and am now looking for other stuff to read of this subject.
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Jailed for Freedom is a book about the struggles of the brave and fearless women who sacrificed all for the right to be considered a human being. The book is the basis for the movie Iron Jawed Angels that I have shown all of my Women's Studies classes who felt deprived that this part of history was kept from them. The information contained in this book is an illuminating glimpse into the times and trials of the brave women who struggled, sacrificed and at great expense under the huge societal sentiments of denial succeeded in a right, that so few of us cherish, the basic right to vote and thus be franchised not some chattel as all of society had placed us. After reading this book the lives of Alice Paul and her suffragists will be forever emblazoned upon the minds of both women and men and no longer one sentence in a history book that said "After a fight by Susan B. Anthony the women were given the vote in 1920".We were given nothing of the sort. It had to be fought for over a period of 100 years...a right that should have been awarded along with the declaration of independence when the nation was founded in 1776. Well done herstory!
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