Suffragents Tpb: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

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Product Details

Price
$33.95
Publisher
Excelsior Editions/State University of New Yo
Publish Date
Pages
390
Dimensions
7.0 X 9.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.84 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781438466309

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About the Author

Brooke Kroeger is Professor at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her books include Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist and Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst.

Reviews

"The Suffragents is one of the first works to fully examine male involvement in the American suffrage movement, an area of historical study that has long been ignored by suffrage historians ... [it] is well written, a testament to Kroeger's skills as a journalist and her ability to weave a compelling story that also flows chronologically." -- H-Net Reviews (H-SHGAPE)

"The historiography of the women suffrage movement has been greatly advanced thanks to this valuable study, which has the potential for being the definitive full-length work on the role men played in this movement. It is a fascinating look at an aspect of the suffrage story rarely considered." -- Hudson River Valley Review

"...highly recommended." -- CHOICE

"...[a] breezy account ... prodigiously researched." -- New York Times

"Among the pleasures of Kroeger's carefully developed storyline is the view of how important political figures such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson came around to accepting the idea that women deserved the vote ... A vigorous, readable revisitation of the events of a century and more ago but with plenty of subtle lessons in the book for modern-day civil rights activists, too." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The Suffragents is the product of formidable research. It's a fresh contribution in which the big picture is composed of a vast mosaic of forgotten facts ... The Suffragents adds an original and welcome new dimension to the field of women's studies." -- Foreword Reviews

"...Kroeger, in true journalistic fashion, details the various conversations, correspondence, and setbacks of the campaign, as well as the eventual success the National American Woman Suffrage Association had in gaining the vote. And it could not have been done without the invaluable help of the Men's League for Woman Suffrage." -- East Hampton Star

"The Suffragents is proof that the clatter of dishes that America's power brokers were hearing as they sat in their smoking parlors back in the early twentieth century meant more than clean china and emptied ashtrays. Someone was cooking up plans. The book reveals the careful, never-before-told story of how women carefully calculated and planned their own liberation, directing the prominent power brokers in America into action. With smooth efficiency and the touch of a novelist, Brooke Kroeger shows how the suffragist movement, engineered by women from top to bottom, cleverly stitched in the involvement of men from all walks of professional and political life, directed by women who used neither gun nor blade to direct the men, but the weapons of intelligence, cleverness, and when necessary, subterfuge. The collaboration in this balance of power between prominent men who invested in the movement, and the women who directed them, has everything to teach us today." -- James McBride, author of The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother and The Good Lord Bird

"Not all the suffragists who risked ridicule to march down Fifth Avenue in the big parades touting votes for women wore dresses. Brooke Kroeger meticulously documents the largely unsung role of men who publicly supported their wives, mothers, sisters, or lovers in the final dramatic decade of women's seventy-year battle for the ballot." -- Linda J. Lumsden, author of Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland and Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly

"Women 'need' men to get the rights they deserve: after all, men had to vote to let women vote. Brooke Kroeger gives us the first history of the Men's League for Woman Suffrage, the 'Gentleman's Auxiliary' of the women's movement. Eschewing the spotlight, they supported gender equality, as we all should, because it's quite simply the right thing to do. With this gift, Kroeger gives us back a bit of our history." -- Michael S. Kimmel, coeditor of Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990: A Documentary History