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Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President

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Foreword by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President, prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts, for the first time, the life story of one of the nineteenth century s most surprising and accomplished advocates for women s rights. As Norgren shows, Lockwood was fearless in confronting the male establishment,
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Hardcover, 311 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by New York University Press
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Carl Rollyson
Sep 16, 2012 Carl Rollyson rated it really liked it
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Belva Lockwood
by Jill Norgren
Jill Norgren has quite a story to tell. Belva Lockwood (1830–1917) had to wage an arduous campaign just to get into law school and after completing the course she was refused a degree. An expert lobbyist who befriended influential congressmen, Lockwood marshaled her forces, eventually obtained her diploma, and then had to wage another battle to be admitted to the Washington, D.C., bar. And that was hardly the last public struggle for the first woman to arg
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Amy Moritz
Jan 03, 2013 Amy Moritz rated it really liked it
Niagara County maverick women unite! OK, so I get a little bit excited about Belva Lockwood since she is from Niagara County (like me) and her childhood homestead is rumored to be on the park that my dad took me hiking at many, many moons ago. But I knew so little about her other than she grew up in Royalton, was a lawyer and was the first woman to run for president, back when women couldn't even vote. I had been looking for a biography on her and loved this work by Jill Norgren.

Few of Lockwood'
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Alison
Jun 06, 2012 Alison added it
Jill Norgren does it again! She takes a fantastic yet forgotten piece of American history and makes it not just known but utterly fascinating. Not as good an Historian at making history as thrilling as say Erik Larson but close! You really can't ask for more.

Lockwood's story is the story of the millions of American women carved out of public life who were clawing to claim a piece of the America dream for themselves. She was full of spit and grit in the face of men who would tell her she was "un
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Kenneth Florey
Aug 06, 2012 Kenneth Florey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Professor Norgren's book is the definitive biography of this fascinating feminist who ran for President in both 1884 and 1888. Her research is impressive and is presented in a scholarly, yet entertaining fashion. Norgren recognizes what a colorful character her subject is, and successfully brings that personality alive. I have an interest in Lockwood myself, but I find myself deferring to Professor Norgren whenever we seem to be in disagreement, her observations being so wise. An indispensable ...more
Heather
What an amazing woman! As I read, I wondered why have I never heard of her? I am glad this biography was written.
Christina Adams
Interesting book since I knew nothing about Belva Lockwood. Had trouble following the authors train of thought at times.
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