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A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballotby Mary Walton
"A Woman's Crusade is a biography richly endowed with research, giving the reader dense, detailed, absorbing accounts of seemingly every march, demonstration and congressional hearing that Alice Paul either conceived of or influenced. While it provides neither vivid prose nor a fresh interpretation of Paul's life, I value the book for introducing her to the next generation of feminists with a taste for revolution." Vivian Gornick, Ms. Magazine (Read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
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Alice Paul began her life as a studious girl from a strict Quaker family in New Jersey. In 1907, a scholarship took her to England, where she developed a passionate devotion to the suffrage movement. Upon her return to the United States, Alice became the leader of the militant wing of the American suffrage movement. Calling themselves “Silent Sentinels,” she and her followers were the first protestors to picket the White House. Arrested and jailed, they went on hunger strikes and were force-fed and brutalized. Years before Gandhis campaign of nonviolent resistance, and decades before civil rights demonstrations, Alice Paul practiced peaceful civil disobedience in the pursuit of equal rights for women.
With her daring and unconventional tactics, Alice Paul eventually succeeded in forcing President Woodrow Wilson and a reluctant U.S. Congress to pass the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Here at last is the inspiring story of the young woman whose dedication to womens rights made that long-held dream a reality.
Alice Paul began her life as a quiet girl from a strict Quaker family in New Jersey. But as a young woman, an interest in social work brought her to England, where she apprenticed with the militant suffrage movement there, led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters. Upon her return to the United States, Alice founded her own suffrage movement. Calling themselves “Silent Sentinels,” she and her followers were the first protestors to picket the White House. Behind bars, they went on hunger strikes and were force-fed and brutalized. Years before Gandhis campaign of nonviolent resistance, and decades before civil rights demonstrations, Alice Paul and her followers practiced peaceful civil disobedience. In 1920, a womans right to vote finally became law. In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Sentinels great victory, here at last is the inspiring story of the woman who dedicated her life to winning universal suffrage for women and helped propel that dream to reality.
About the Author
Mary Walton is a veteran journalist who wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years. The acclaimed author of several books including For Love of Money and Car: A Drama of the American Workplace, she lives in Ocean Grove, NJ.
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