Sisters by Jean H. Baker
The Lives of America's Suffragists

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They forever changed America: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Alice Paul. At their revolution's start in the 1840s, a woman's right to speak in public was questioned. By its conclusion in 1920, the victory in woman's suffrage had also encompassed the most fundamental rights of citizenship: the right to control wages, hold property, to contract, to sue, to testify in court. Their struggle was confrontational (women were the first to picket the White House for a political cause) and violent (women were arrested, jailed, and force-fed in prisons). And like every revolutionary before them, their struggle was personal.

For the first time, the eminent historian Jean H. Baker tellingly interweaves these women's private lives with their public achievements, presenting these revolutionary women in three dimensions, humanized, and marvelously approachable.


About Jean H. Baker

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Jean H. Baker is the author of Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists (Hill and Wang, 2005) and many other books on American history. She is currently a professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Published August 22, 2006 by Hill and Wang. 297 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Baker's group biography of Stone, Stanton, Anthony, and several others aims to personalize by providing a "sense of the suffragists who suffered marital infidelities, battled to retain their femininity even as they were pelted by eggs during their speeches, worried about their children, and wonde...

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