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Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right To Vote

Harvard Univ. May 2019. 320p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780674986688. $26.95. HIST
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OrangeReviewStarOne hundred years ago, in 1919, the Nineteenth Amendment was finally submitted to the states for ratification. The road to the Nineteenth Amendment and women's suffrage was long and arduous, and many key players have been forgotten or lost among names such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Historian and biographer Ware (American Women's History: A Very Short Introduction) does a wonderful job of highlighting people and subjects often passed over when exploring the fight for women's rights, including names such as Mary Church Terrell, Rose Schneiderman, Claiborne Catlin, and Emmeline W. Wells. Ware does not shy away from some of the controversies often hidden when studying suffragism, namely racism, and is able to give both a broad and detailed look at the movement through her thoughtful choices of chapter subjects. This text brings to light fascinating stories underrepresented in traditional looks at women's suffrage in the United States, providing just the right amount of detail in each chapter before moving on to yet another enthralling tale.
VERDICT Those interested in 18th- and 19th-century American history, specifically women's history, would enjoy this comprehensive read.

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