Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

S. & S. Feb. 2020. 384p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781501165160. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501165177. HIST
DuBois (Feminism and Suffrage) provides a digestible overview of the history of women’s suffrage in America, making this book a good choice for those who are familiar with the basics of the movement but who want a deeper understanding of the ways the pieces fit together. Beginnning with the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention—the first women’s rights meeting in the country—DuBois explores major leaders in the movement, notably Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, and Alice Paul. DuBois concludes with the ratification of the 19th amendment, explaining the many national and local organizing tactics women used to advocate for the vote and the barriers they encountered along the way. While the information gathered here is not new, the writing is easy to follow and helps readers develop a comprehensive picture of the movement as a whole and a better understanding of why it progressed the way it did.
VERDICT This book will be a strong addition to a variety of nonfiction collections, and is appropriate for hobbyists with an interest in women’s activism and for those who are newer to American history.

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