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The U.S. Women's Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation: A More Just Verdict (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics) Hardcover

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"The U.S. Women's Jury Movements is the best empirical treatment of social movement strategy ever. By looking at women's movement allies operating at different times and in different places, Holly McCammon shows how activists can maximize their influence by adapting strategically. She provides unparalleled detail of the historic women's jury movement, but McCammon's analysis finds echoes in debates about contemporary movements. This book is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand how to change the world."
-David S. Meyer, University of California, Irvine

"In this impressively researched and compellingly argued book, Holly McCammon tells the story of women's mobilization efforts to secure an additional citizenship right which did not come with the 1920 right to vote: the right to inclusion on juries. By deftly tracking this movement across 15 states, and finding notable variation in strategic adaptation to broader political exigencies and in the pace of legal reform, McCammon has woven together a major contribution to the study of social movements and to understanding the historic and the ongoing quest of women to gain thoroughgoing citizenship."
-David A. Snow, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

"This highly integrative work explores the social movement by women to serve on juries, a movement that, until now, has received too little scholarly attention. Readers will learn a great deal about this movement and about state politics, but the book also sheds light on far broader questions about social movements for citizens' rights. Rich in both historical detail and analytical rigor, this engaging book should be read and enjoyed by historians, sociologists, feminist scholars, and political scientists."
-Sarah A. Soule, Stanford University

"The U.S. Women's Jury Movements is a beautifully written analysis of women's campaign for gender-inclusive jury laws across the United States. A brilliant melding of feminist history and social movement theory, the result is not only the definitive book on the topic, but one of the best books on the relationship between social movement strategy and success. McCammon's astute analysis guarantees that this book will become a classic in the fields of feminist history and social movements."
-Verta Taylor, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Sociologist McCammon has written a meticulous and engaging overview of a neglected chapter in women's movement history: the US women's juries movements between the 1920s and 1960s. Summing Up: Recommended" -S.J. Creek, Hollins University, CHOICE Magazine

"In addition to revealing a supposed feminist hiatus as a heyday of state-level jury activism, McCammon's study also disrupts the notion that internal dissension limited women's organizational efficacy. Through qualitative comparative analysis of jury movements' "strategic adaptation," McCammon identifies the factors that helped and hindered jury activism (p. 6)." - Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania, Journal of American History

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This book explores efforts by women to gain the right to sit on juries in the United States. After they won the vote, many organized women in the early twentieth century launched a new campaign to further expand their citizenship rights. The work here tells the story of how women in fifteen states pressured lawmakers to change the law so that women could take a place in the jury box. The history shows that the jury movements that tailored their tactics to the specific demands of the political and cultural context succeeded more rapidly in winning a change in jury law.

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