- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hill and Wang; 1st edition (August 22, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809087030
- ISBN-13: 978-0809087037
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists 1st Edition
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This lively, succinct overview of the five activists most responsible for securing the vote for American women is a welcome, intellectually sophisticated addition to feminist history. Baker, a respected historian at Goucher College, presents five interconnected critical biographical essays on Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard and Alice Paul. Baker's effortless blending of personal narrative with political and historical analysis—a technique she perfected in her groundbreaking 1987 Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography—works to great effect, not only vividly brings these women to life but explicating the complicated social and political framework in which they existed. For instance, she traces Frances Willard's evangelical feminist style and interests to her devotion to her mother and to her father's calling to be a minister during the Second Great Awakening. Baker knows a good story, such as the highly respectable Stanton's friendship with notorious free-lover Victoria Woodhull; Baker highlights both the story's drama and historical significance. While she doesn't ignore complex themes—such as the thorny relationship suffrage organizing had to the enfranchisement of African-American men—she often downplays them. Still, Baker has written a popular (yet scrupulously footnoted), smart and compelling book. (Sept.)
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This fascinating collective biography features in-depth sketches of five indispensable leaders of the American suffrage movement. Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Alice Paul--stalwarts in the struggle to extend fundamental rights and freedoms to females--are profiled in turn. Although these women are identified with the famous movements they founded and the radical causes they espoused, Baker breathes new life into subjects that have become somewhat fossilized and sanitized over time. Viewing them through a revitalized historical lens, she concentrates on the private lives and personal connections that contributed to the formation of their staunch beliefs and ambitions. The fact that they each led lives that were influenced by childhood circumstances, divergent personalities, robust love interests, bitter disagreements, powerful friendships, incredible triumphs, and overwhelming tragedies is significant to understanding the ebb and flow of the movement they were responsible for keeping afloat for well over half a century. Margaret Flanagan
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Recommended companion DVDs: "Iron Jawed Angels" and "Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Not for Ourselves Alone," both available from Amazon.
There are a few typos in the kindle edition.