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I am pleased to share with you the review of "The Woman Who Dared To Vote" from CHOICE:
Women's franchise in the US is now taken for granted. But this was not always true. In 1872 it was a criminal act when Susan B. Anthony tried to vote, and this book tells the story of this act of defiance and her trial. But this wonderful book does more than that. It contextualizes Anthony's trial within the broader battle for female franchise.
It begins before the Civil War with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York, organizing for women's rights. Hull (law and history, Rutgers Univ., Camden) discusses the personalities involved in the female franchise and how it was connected to the temperance movement, abolition, and the battle over the Fifteenth Amendment granting former slaves the right to vote. Anthony's decision to vote in 1872 is described as an alternative strategy to use the courts to recognize female voting rights after Congress and the political process failed to produce the results suffragettes desired.
While the trial is described here as a sham, it was significant in the eventual success in securing a right to vote.
Excellent for collections on women's, New York, and American history and law.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. -- D. Schultz, Hamline University
Peter Charles Hoffer will comment as part of a panel on "Revolution in Religion: Loyalism, Disestablishment and Politics" at the SHEAR [Society for the History of the Early American Republic] meeting in Baltimore, MD on July 20, 2012, 2 p.m.
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Check out the review of Hoffer's book on the Stono slave rebellion in South Carolina and an exciting podcast interview about the book at: