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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Montana Historical Society Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917298799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917298790
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suffragist, social worker, first woman elected to the United States Congress, a lifelong peace activist, and a tireless advocate for political reform, Jeannette Rankin is often remembered as the woman who voted "No." Elected to Congress from Montana on the eve of the United States' entry into World War I, Rankin cast her first vote - the first vote cast in the House of Representatives by any woman - against the declaration of war against Germany. Reelected to Congress in 1940, she repeated her vote, becoming the only member of Congress to vote against the United States' involvement in World War II.Jeannette Rankin was a woman who lived her conscience, and she became America's conscience through her unflagging campaigns for children's protective legislation, women's rights, election reform, and most of all, peace. Her determined voice shines in this biography, written by her friend, Norma Smith, who paints a convincing portrait of a complicated activist based on interviews with Rankin in the 1960s. (6 x 9, 240 pages, b&w photos)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Schmerguls VINE VOICE on January 4, 2004
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This book was composed by a friend of the subject some twenty years ago but not published till 2002. But it is not hagiographical even though the author, now deceased, knew Jeannette Rankin. Most people know that Rankin voted against war twice--even though she only served two terms in the House, having been elected in 1916 to her first term--the first woman elected to Congress--and then elected to her second term in 1940. So when Pearl Harbor was bombed she was the only person who voted against war--though a few days later she voted for war against Germany. She was somewhat eccentric and was active in the anti-war movement during the Vietnam era though not in full sync with the moving spirits in that endeavor. She lived on till she was almost 93, active and forceful till the end. While the book has no footnotes and is kind of amateurishly written it tells an interesting story, and gives a fuller picture of an amazing woman than most folks have had hitherto.
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Jeannette Rankin, America's Conscience should be a required read in any history class. Very information and I admire her very much for her dedication in such harsh times she was living in. She made a lot of scacrifices to make our world a better place to live in.
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