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Grade 7 Up–Bausum peels back the layers of the story of the women's suffrage movement, exposing grit, fiery determination, and radical tactics. After covering the importance of familiar names, she devotes the bulk of the book to the events of 1906 to 1920, when a new group of young women emerged who were willing to truly suffer for suffrage. The movement split into two camps–Carrie Chapman Catt's larger National American Woman Suffrage Association working conservatively to gain the vote state by state, and a smaller, more contentiously radical organization, the National Woman's Party led by Alice Paul, focusing on a federal amendment. Bausum highlights the tension between these factions in well-documented detail and casts it against the greater picture of controversy within and surrounding the national and state governments, as well as World War I. She portrays her suffragist heroines as iron-jawed women totally devoted to their cause. Cloth is a recurrent theme, as the author describes the suffragists' tricolored banners, sashes, pennants, and sewn signs. Vintage photographs, some never before published, depict key figures in the movement speaking, protesting, parading, picketing, and going to jail. Bausum's careful research is evident throughout, with sources thoroughly cited and a text studded with original source quotations. Judy Monroe's The Nineteenth Amendment(Enslow, 1998) also includes lesser-known characters and vintage photos and anecdotal material, but lacks the vitality of Bausum's vivid presentation.–Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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Gr. 6-12. Though few readers will pick this up for browsing, students will be easily drawn by the details of the American women's suffrage movement. As a child, the author met Alice Paul, a famous suffragist, and was clearly inspired. This personal interest drives the detailed history, written in an objective but anecdotal fashion. The design is thoughtful and attractive: sepia-tone photographs are highlighted in purple and gold (purple, gold, and white were the signature colors of the movement), the dark purple text is clean, elegant and very readable, and the general layout is artfully done. Detailed notes, bibliography, thumbnail biographies, and a chronology make this an all-in-one text that provides a general background to a very specific time within the movement. The timely release of this title will make every woman more appreciative of the Nineteenth Amendment, as well as the tremendous sacrifices that made it happen. Debbie Carton
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792276477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792276470
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Bausum writes about U.S. history from her home in Wisconsin, and speaks across the country about her work as an author. In 2014 the National Geographic Society published her first book for adults simultaneously with her tenth work for younger readers. Both books--Sergeant Stubby and Stubby the War Dog--celebrate the almost-forgotten story of a stray dog smuggled to Europe during World War I who returned to the United States after serving in the trenches and became a national celebrity.

These books are the latest works from a career of writing about under-told stories from the past. Her works for young readers have earned consistent recognition from librarians, peers, and reviewers. Marching to the Mountaintop (2012) won the Carter G. Woodson Award (middle grade level) from the National Council for the Social Studies and was a Jane Addams Children's Book Honor title. Other recent works include Unraveling Freedom (2010), another book that captures forgotten history from World War I, and Denied, Detained, Deported (2009) which also received the Carter G. Woodson Award (secondary level).

Muckrakers (2007) earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association, and With Courage and Cloth (2004) received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award as the year's best book on social justice issues for older readers. These and other titles appear on numerous lists of recommended and notable books.

Bausum's other books chronicle the nation's chief executives and their spouses--Our Country's Presidents (2013, 4th edition) and Our Country's First Ladies (2007)--as well as the exploits of intrepid explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs, 2000). Find out more about the author, her writing, and her author appearance programs at: Follow her on Facebook.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The publications of the National Geographic Society encompass some of the finest non-fiction titles for kids on the planet. Year after year this company churns out remarkable historical, scientific, and cultural tomes that are not only readable, but also lively, informative, and well-researched. "With Courage and With Cloth", one of the very few children's books to delve into women's suffrage in any depth, is no exception. It offers amazing information that everyone should know, and so few do. Unfortunately, it suffers from its format. While the text is brilliant and the pictures sublime, the layout of the book will undoubtedly turn off some readers, while those seeking information about the photographs will be up a tree. A fine fine book that could've used some fine fine tuning.

Author Ann Bausum has this to say about American history. Learning about history in school, "I knew all about Washington and Lee, Marshall and Eisenhower. History seemed to be a progression of stories about men and wars and conquest". How much did any of us learn about women getting the vote in school? As I recall, it consisted of one or two sentences in a textbook amounting to something like, "And then in 1920, women were given the right to vote under the 19th Amendment". Goodnight, everybody! The real story behind that teeny little sentence, however, is immense. It's a story that spans more than seventy-two years and was won with literal blood, sweat, and tears. Through this book we meet great heroes like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth. We hear about how the suffragists repeatedly split into two different factions and how these factions worked separately to bring about an amendment to the constitution.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. S. VINE VOICE on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Richie's Picks: WITH COURAGE AND CLOTH: WINNING THE FIGHT FOR A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE by Ann Bausum, National Geographic, September 2004, 112 pages, ISBN: 0-7922-7647-7

"...a discussion of the rights of animals would be regarded with more complacency by many...than would a discussion of the rights of women."

--Frederick Douglass speaking about the public's response to the Seneca Falls women's convention of 1848 which he had attended.

"Though we adore men individually

we agree that as a group they're rather stupid."

--"Sister Suffragette" from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins.

The part of the story that they left out of the Mary Poppins movie is when Mrs. Banks is abused by a mob of men and young boys and arrested for causing a disturbance even though she and her sisters-in-arms are quietly assembled--holding banners that quote the US Constitution and the current President's own words--and it's the men who are causing all the disturbance. They also left out the part where Mrs. Banks is abusively dragged into a dark prison, thrown in with rats, common criminals, blankets that get laundered once a year, and a bucket for a toilet. Nor do they show prison employees shoving the hose up Mrs. Banks's nose to force feed her when she decides to go on a hunger strike.

" 'These women have raised neither hand nor voice,' wrote one female reporter who eventually stood on the picket line herself and was arrested. 'They speak no word and do not attempt to defend themselves if attacked,' she explained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spirited Lady on October 7, 2010
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This book was a tremendously interesting read. We all remember the stories in high school history class about the Suffragettes marching with placards to secure the vote for women. What we didn't learn was how horribly they were treated and that it took 72 years to secure the vote. This book should be read by every high school girl so that she realizes what these women went through to make sure voting is a right for women as well as men.
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This book is written for children, but I found it invaluable. Written in easy to digest, but poignant bits of information, it provides snap shots of the main players and a sequence of event leading up to the final goal. The pictures and quotes artfully featured throughout the book highlight attitudes and the era in which the last push took place. The Bibliography provides a great guide for further reading. There is also a section giving information about some of the main women supporters, helping clarify who each one is ( when reading the story I found on occasion I got the people mixed up and this section helped straighten out everything beautifully). This is a book I plan on adding to my children's book shelf and is worthy to be added to all children's libraries.

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