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Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, this exciting history explores the full scope of the movement to win the vote for women through portraits of its bold leaders and devoted activists.

Distinguished historian Ellen Carol DuBois begins in the pre-Civil War years with foremothers Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, an
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Simon Schuster
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This book is a comprehensive look at the American suffrage movement from pre-civil war to 1920 and beyond. Within its 300+ pages, Ellen Carol DuBois gives an overall look at the women who championed the effort for equal voting rights for women and also for African-American men, while also looking at the dissenters and obstacles both faced throughout the decades. Dubois also spends quite a bit of time discussing the struggles for African-American women who were oftentimes not included in the main ...more
Flannery Crain
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m in between a 4 and 5 rating for this book. It is written in a way that shows pride in the women who fought for the right to vote, but also acknowledges the struggles that they had within and outside of their own groups. It sometimes gets bogged down in names of people and organizations that slow down the chapter, which is the only reason I wouldn’t go white to a 5. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning about the nuances, struggles, and victories that the suffr ...more
Keith Akers
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Suffrage. Women's Long Battle for the Vote. Ellen Carol Dubois. Simon and Schuster, 2020.

This is an excellent overall history of the whole history of women's suffrage. It traces the history including the earliest generation of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton down to Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, and everything in between and on either side. It covers pretty much everything, but is readable and doesn't drag on forever. I like nonfiction books where you are left at the end with a
Paul Pessolano
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Suffrage” by Ellen Carol Dubois, published by Simon & Schuster.

Category – History Publication Date – February 25, 2020.

This is probably the most comprehensive work on Women’s Suffrage. It spans the time from 1848 to the present, although most of the book is concerned about 1848 to 1920.

The book not only concerns itself with the trails and tribulations in getting the women’s vote but it goes into great detail about the women and men who championed the cause of women. The detail is not only the p
Kate Lawrence
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2020 of the 19th amendment, I've read several books about the women's suffrage movement, but this new one is easily the best! Its one-volume objective coverage of the entire movement is just right for the average reader. Such a variety of interesting people and stories, but it keeps one's interest because it is not weighted down with too much detail. Published just as COVID-19 was closing bookstores and libraries, I hope it is not overlooked. ...more
Porter Broyles
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great introduction on the issue of women's suffrage in America. Introduced the key figures and how they interacted. Discussed the battles in different states and between white/black suffrage movements.

Definitely worth the effort.
Jud Barry
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review here. ...more
Lisa November
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So well written and documented - with some real nuggets of women's history to discover! Highly recommend. ...more
David Cooke
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics, history
On the one hand, I learned a lot from this book. On the other hand, I urge anyone seeking to read a book on the history of women's suffrage to find something else. I don't even have another recommendation, but there HAS to be something better.

The book probably suffers first and foremost from trying to be a compact and comprehensive history--interesting and dynamic fights are frequently summed up in a couple of glossed over paragraphs. It should easily be twice as long for the amount of material
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
David V.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 12-13-19. Finished 12-21-19. Well-researched history of the suffrage movement in the US. I had no idea that the rallies, parades, petitions, and speeches went on for so many years. I also did not know about the in-fighting among rival women's organizations, how many men participated in attending their rallies, but how few Congressmen supported them, and how resistant several presidents were to their demands for full citizen rights. The relationship ...more
Chris Jaffe
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book that covers the entire suffragette movement from the 1848 Seneca Falls conference to the amendment passage in 1920 - and even goes a little beyond.

It's interesting seeing how the movement transformed multiple times over the course of its existence. It began with some educated white women in the north who'd been active in causes like abolition. That gave the first wave of the movement an association with political radicalism. The movement had a falling out with the cause
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an interesting book to be reading right in the midst of (yet another) movement happening in the world around systemic racism. Learning about the history of the long fought and complicated factions of the suffrage movement that bore modern day feminism was fascinating and infuriating. I loved that the author didn't sugar coat the work and the women as one big happy family who linked arms and marched their way unemcumbered to the ballot box. Rather, she told the truth--that the movement was c ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an interesting, detailed history of the Suffrage movement in the US that is pretty honest about the racist opportunism--especially, the "Southern strategy"--that drove the movement to marginalize Black women. However, it fails to credit the role of Native American women in the inspiration for the movement (Native societies were matriarchal, and women and girls had political and social freedom unknown to European settler colonist women.) It only mentions in passing that at one point Nativ ...more
David Blankenship
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A quick and readable history of the women's suffrage movement in the United States, and how its many strands also impacted such issues as African-American voting rights, prohibition, and other aspects of women's rights issues. The author is obviously passionate about this issue.

Yet this book felt incomplete...we might think today of suffrage as being inevitable, but the author never really spoke of WHY this was such a contentious issue; diving deeper into why it took so many years to reach thei
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
A grand sweep of the suffrage movement in the United States from the Seneca Falls conference (1848) to the passage of the 19th Amendment (1920). Dubois shows the connections and breaks between suffragism and the other social movements of the time: Its original intertwining with abolitionism and the development to a one-issue movement after the Civil War (including its flirts with white supremacy in the South), its reinvigoration by opening up to the labor movement, its constant alignment with te ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, blog, non-fiction
Such a fascinating book! I read this book in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. The forward-thinking women that started an official movement at the Seneca Falls Convention set in motion a mighty wave. Even they didn't fully understand what they were doing. They were still women of their time and were nervous about who should chair the meeting! The suffragists were still people and made a lot of mistakes, especially with race, class, and immigrants. I have always ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I’ve read a bunch of books on the suffrage movement, but this is the most comprehensive and I learned some new things. It moved slower for me in the second half because it gets into the different suffrage organizations that sometimes I confuse along with the back and forth of working with states to try to get suffrage passed.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good one volume summary of the suffrage movement. Highly informative and comprehensive in tracing the history of the movement from 1848-1920 including the links and connections to the right to vote for blacks. A good book to help get more educated on this history and very timely given the 100th anniversary of the passage of the amendment.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Does not shy away from the uglier (racist) side of the suffragist movement. I loved how detailed the profiles of Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were, with all their complexities, and wish there had been more of the same for the later leaders of the movement.

This is not an fast or light read, but it is a good overview.
Sarah Gehres
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely informative and comprehensive history of the women's suffrage movement. It spans from what led to the Seneca Falls Convention to the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment and the aftermath. Although the book had difficult language at times and was a slow read, especially at bed time, I enjoyed learning of the ups and downs that led to me being able to vote. ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most comprehensive works on the fight for suffrage that I've read to date. I was arrogant enough to think I knew quite a bit about the fight and the fighters, but this book introduced me to so much I didn't know previously. IMO, a must-read for feminists and women's history fans. ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
With Women's History Month last March and the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage I wanted to learn more about it. I did the audio version and it was easy to get distraction and will probably read this again in the future. There is a lot of information to absorb. ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well done account of the long road from Seneca Falls to passage of the 19th amendment. It's especially strong regarding the complicated relationships between the suffragists and advocates for racial justice. ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great reminder of the struggles we, as women have gone through to get to this place ... and the distance we still need to travel ... in a misogynist world! People in power will never give it up or even share it without a struggle.
So-Cal Reader
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A look at what it took for American women to gain the right to vote. This is a brief history of the 75+ years of struggle.
The book is well written and is very readable. Would recommend for anyone wishing to get a good overview of the subject.
Sean O
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good, over arching history of American Women’s Suffrage.

It has really opened up my interest, because now I want to read bios of Jane Addams, WEB DuBois, Frederick Douglass, and so many more.
Pat Kirby
This is an incredible chronology of ALL the women across the nation who worked from 1848 to 1920 to get women the right to vote. Many of those written about were new names to me and I know a lot about suffrage. It's a great book to read for inspiration. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-new
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I learned so much that I didn’t know!!
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Ellen Carol Dubois is a distinguished professor of history and gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor's degree at Wellesley in 1968 and her Ph.D. from Northwestern in 1975. ...more

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