Alice Paul: Claiming Power


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

J. D. Zahniser is an independent scholar. She holds a doctorate in American and women's studies. Amelia R. Fry was an oral historian at the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


"Much has been written on Alice Paul, but this long-awaited and fascinating new biography based on years of research by Amelia Fry and years more by J. D. Zahniser, takes us from Paul's childhood through her years in England to the victory for woman suffrage in 1920 and accomplishes what the intensely private suffrage leader deliberately made difficult, introducing us to the fascinating individual behind the public image."--Marjorie J. Spruill, Professor of History, University of South Carolina

"Alice Paul: Claiming Power is an exhaustively researched and meticulously crafted work. Using previously untapped original sources, it is undoubtedly the definitive biography of Paul during the suffrage era. This book elevates Paul to the position she should command as one of the consummate political masters of the twentieth century. Paul's leadership genius made the suffrage movement one of the two most successful 'rights' movements in the nation's history-one that claimed political power for more than half the population in a bloodless political revolution."--Edith P. Mayo, Curator Emeritus of Political History, Smithsonian Institution

"The elegantly constructed narrative combines the filaments of Paul's precocious life into an incisive tale....This is not only the story of one person, but of her epoch and culture. Zahniser and Fry have done readers a profound service."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] carefully researched biography."--Louis Menand, The New Yorker

"[A] history of women's 72-year struggle to attain the vote....Highly recommended."--CHOICE