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Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (Turning Points)

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A high-profile journalist brings the women?s suffrage movement to life in this latest addition to the Turning Points series

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and women in America finally won the right to vote. Now, in this riveting account, journalist and pundit Eleanor Clift captures the drama of the women?s suffrage movement — and shows how the issues and arguments that surrounded the suffragettes still reverberate today. Beginning with the Seneca Falls Women?s Rights Convention of 1848, Clift introduces us to the movement?s leaders, takes us on marches and demonstrations, and profiles the opposition — anti-suffragettes, both men and women, who would do anything to stop women from getting the vote. The story culminates in the dramatic struggle to pass the 19th Amendment — a struggle that ultimately came down to the vote of a single legislator in Tennessee.

Book News Annotation:

A well-known political analyst recounts US suffragists' long history of struggles to secure women's right to vote in 1920, and notes their relevance to her career and current women's rights issues. The book is not indexed.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Written by respected political analyst and reporter Eleanor Clift, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment relives the dramatic events which led to the most significant key in womens history: the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which finally granted women the right to vote.

Synopsis:

Written by political analyst and reporter Eleanor Clift, this volume relives the dramatic events which led to the most significant key in women's history: the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which finally granted women the right to vote.

Synopsis:

After seventy-two arduous years, the fate of the suffrage movement and its masterwork, the Nineteenth Amendment, rested not only on one state, Tennessee, but on the shoulders of a single man: twenty-four-year-old legislator Harry Burn. Burn had previously voted with the antisuffrage forces. If he did so again, the vote would be tied and the amendment would fall one state short of the thirty-six necessary for ratification. At the last minute, though, Harry Burn’s mother convinced him to vote in favor of the suffragist, and American history was forever changed.

In this riveting account, political analyst Eleanor Clift chronicles the many thrilling twists and turns of the suffrage struggle and shows how the issues and arguments that surrounded the movement still reverberate today. Beginning with the Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention of 1848, Clift introduces the movement’s leaders, recounts the marches and demonstrations, and profiles the opposition–antisuffragists, both men and women, who would do anything to stop women from getting the vote.

Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment mines the many rich stories buried deep within this tumultuous period of our history. Here, Clift reveals how:

  • Opposition came not only from men, but also from women who were afraid of losing the special protection they enjoyed as the"weaker sex." It wasn’t until the United States was preparing to enter World War I to defend democracy around the world that denying women the vote became indefensible.
  • Frail and beautiful Inez Milholland Boissevain died campaigning for suffrage and became a martyr to the movement. Her death spurred protests in front of the White House, to the embarrassment of President Wilson.
  • The president directed the mass arrests of these peacefully picketing suffragists, and they endured miserable prison conditions that horrified the nation.
  • Race divided the suffrage leaders. Frederick Douglass played a crucial role during the early suffrage meetings–and later was betrayed by Susan B. Anthony.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton had a penchant for "bloomers" as a symbol of women’s independence— a risky fashion statement that backfired.

A stirring reminder for women to never take their rights for granted, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment profiles the brave figures who spent their lives supporting the women’s movement over the course of seventy-two years.

Synopsis:

"An extraordinary new series intended to capture extraordinary moments in history."

-Chicago Tribune

TURNING POINTS features preeminent writers offering fresh, personal perspectives on the defining events of our time.

Available Now

Eleanor Clift, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment

Alan Dershowitz, America Declares Independence

Thomas Fleming, The Louisiana Purchase

William Least Heat-Moon, Columbus in the Americas

Scott Simon, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball

Forthcoming Titles

Douglas Brinkley on the March on Washington

William F. Buckley Jr. on the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Sir Martin Gilbert on D-Day

Martin Goldsmith on the Beatles Coming to America

Kweisi Mfume on the Emancipation Proclamation

About the Author

ELEANOR CLIFT is a contributing editor for Newsweek, where she reports on the White House, presidential politics, and a variety of national issues. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated TV show The McLaughlin Group and a political analyst for the Fox News Network. With her husband, Tom Brazaitis, she is the author of Madam President and War Without Bloodshed.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Stirrings of Discontent.

2. "Aint't I A Woman".

3. Testing the Limits.

4. Passing the Torch.

5. Division in the Ranks.

6. Martyr for the Cause.

7. Out of Bondage.

8. A Vote for Mother.

Epilogue.

Bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471426127
Manufactured:
John Wiley & Sons
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Author:
Clift, Eleanor
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Suffragists
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Suffragists -- United States -- History.
Subject:
General & Introductory History
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Turning Points in History
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20070824
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.34 x 5.62 x 0.8 in

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"Synopsis" by , Written by respected political analyst and reporter Eleanor Clift, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment relives the dramatic events which led to the most significant key in womens history: the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which finally granted women the right to vote.
"Synopsis" by , Written by political analyst and reporter Eleanor Clift, this volume relives the dramatic events which led to the most significant key in women's history: the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which finally granted women the right to vote.
"Synopsis" by , After seventy-two arduous years, the fate of the suffrage movement and its masterwork, the Nineteenth Amendment, rested not only on one state, Tennessee, but on the shoulders of a single man: twenty-four-year-old legislator Harry Burn. Burn had previously voted with the antisuffrage forces. If he did so again, the vote would be tied and the amendment would fall one state short of the thirty-six necessary for ratification. At the last minute, though, Harry Burn’s mother convinced him to vote in favor of the suffragist, and American history was forever changed.

In this riveting account, political analyst Eleanor Clift chronicles the many thrilling twists and turns of the suffrage struggle and shows how the issues and arguments that surrounded the movement still reverberate today. Beginning with the Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention of 1848, Clift introduces the movement’s leaders, recounts the marches and demonstrations, and profiles the opposition–antisuffragists, both men and women, who would do anything to stop women from getting the vote.

Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment mines the many rich stories buried deep within this tumultuous period of our history. Here, Clift reveals how:

  • Opposition came not only from men, but also from women who were afraid of losing the special protection they enjoyed as the"weaker sex." It wasn’t until the United States was preparing to enter World War I to defend democracy around the world that denying women the vote became indefensible.
  • Frail and beautiful Inez Milholland Boissevain died campaigning for suffrage and became a martyr to the movement. Her death spurred protests in front of the White House, to the embarrassment of President Wilson.
  • The president directed the mass arrests of these peacefully picketing suffragists, and they endured miserable prison conditions that horrified the nation.
  • Race divided the suffrage leaders. Frederick Douglass played a crucial role during the early suffrage meetings–and later was betrayed by Susan B. Anthony.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton had a penchant for "bloomers" as a symbol of women’s independence— a risky fashion statement that backfired.

A stirring reminder for women to never take their rights for granted, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment profiles the brave figures who spent their lives supporting the women’s movement over the course of seventy-two years.

"Synopsis" by , "An extraordinary new series intended to capture extraordinary moments in history."

-Chicago Tribune

TURNING POINTS features preeminent writers offering fresh, personal perspectives on the defining events of our time.

Available Now

Eleanor Clift, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment

Alan Dershowitz, America Declares Independence

Thomas Fleming, The Louisiana Purchase

William Least Heat-Moon, Columbus in the Americas

Scott Simon, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball

Forthcoming Titles

Douglas Brinkley on the March on Washington

William F. Buckley Jr. on the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Sir Martin Gilbert on D-Day

Martin Goldsmith on the Beatles Coming to America

Kweisi Mfume on the Emancipation Proclamation

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