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Votes for women! : American suffragists and the battle for the ballot book cover

Votes for women! : American suffragists and the battle for the ballot

Winifred Conkling

324.623 /Conkling
History

Relates the story of the 19th Amendment and the nearly eighty-year fight for voting rights for women, covering not only the suffragists' achievements and politics, but also the private journeys that led them to become women's champions.

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The women's suffrage movement book cover

The women's suffrage movement

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"Comprised of historical texts spanning two centuries with commentary on each period by the editor, this book covers the major issues and figures involved in the women's suffrage movement with a special focus on diversity, incorporating race, class, and gender. The writings of such figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony are featured alongside accounts of Native American women and African American suffragists such as Sarah Mapps Douglas and Harriet Purvis"--

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Alice Paul : equality for women

Christine A. Lunardini

324.623092 /Paul
History

"Alice Paul: Equality for Women shows the dominant and unwavering role Paul played in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting the vote to American women. The dramatic details of Paul's imprisonment and solitary confinement, hunger strike, and force-feeding at the hands of the U.S. government illustrate her fierce devotion to the cause she spent her life promoting. Placed in the context of the first half of the twentieth century, Paul's story also touches on issues of progressivism and labor reform, race and class, World War I patriotism and America's emerging role as a global power, women's activism in the political sphere, and the global struggle for women's rights."--Book cover [p. 4]

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The woman's hour : the great fight to win the vote book cover

The woman's hour : the great fight to win the vote

Elaine F. Weiss

324.623 /Weiss
History

"The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history. Nashville, August 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, granting all women the vote, is on the verge of ratification--or defeat. Out of the thirty-six states needed, thirty-five have approved it, and one last state is still in play--Tennessee. After a seven-decade crusade to win the ballot, this is the moment of truth for the suffragists, and Nashville becomes a frenzied battleground as the enormous forces allied for and against women's suffrage make their last stand. Elaine Weiss artfully recasts the saga of women's quest for the vote by focusing on the campaign's last six weeks, when it all came down to one ambivalent state. The dauntless--but divided--suffragists confront the 'Antis'--women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. With the 1920 elections looming, the Suffs are also opposed by wary politicians, corporate lobbyists, and blatant racists who don't want black women voting. In the steaming corridors of Nashville's state house and hotels, they stage a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bourbon, bigotry, and the Bible, and at the last moment, a crucial vote of conscience. [This book] has all the color and drama of a great political novel, but Weiss also shows how the core themes of American history--race, class, money, gender, states' rights, power, and democracy--all came into play in Nashville. Rich with vivid characters--and appearances by Susan B. Anthony, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt--The Woman's Hour shows what it took for activists to win their own freedom and how close they came to losing. Unfolding in the lingering shadow of the Civil War, and in the aftermath of the war to 'make the world safe for democracy,' the drama in Nashville also marks the dawning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights."

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Roses and radicals : the epic story of how American women won the right to vote book cover

Roses and radicals : the epic story of how American women won the right to vote

Susan Zimet

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History

"A history of the women's movement and the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment-giving women the right to vote in 1920"--

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The lost Gutenberg : the astounding story of one book's five-hundred-year odyssey book cover

The lost Gutenberg : the astounding story of one book's five-hundred-year odyssey

Margaret Leslie Davis

093 /Davis
History

"The never-before-told story of one extremely rare copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and its impact on the lives of the fanatical few who were lucky enough to own it"--

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Such an interesting story! The author traces the ownership of one of the Gutenberg Bibles, and examines the motivations of the individuals who paid large sums of money for a chance to claim this unique book. While it is not too uncommon to read about the acquisition of antiquarian books, it feels unusual to get such detail about the loss of these books, usually due to financial hardship. The final chapters address the digitization of this particular Gutenberg Bible, which makes it available to world now--you just cannot touch it. -Heidi L

The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story book cover

The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story

Cara Robertson

364.1523 /Robertson
History, True Crime

"The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone--rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople--had an opinion about Lizzie Borden's guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties"--

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Lizzie Borden was always condemned in my mind for the murder of her father and stepmother because there was a playground rhyme about it. And I've always wondered if there is a rhyme that seems so true, why was Lizzie Borden acquitted? Cara Robertson dives right into this very question by looking at what happened during her trial. What were the arguments from the prosecution and how did the defense answer to those charges? It is actually pretty fascinating and I came away with more questions than answers. **Please be advised that there are pictures of the crime scene. And it was done by an axe.** -Anne M

The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story book cover

The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story

Cara Robertson

364.1523/Robertson
Nonfiction, True Crime, History

The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history...Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties

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Who hasn't heard the sing-song rhyme that starts with "Lizzie Borden had an axe, gave her father forty whacks..." and assumed that her story was a simple one of a wayward and overly angry daughter? Of course, there is always so much more that has gone on behind the scenes, and Cara Robertson's book takes a hard look at not only Lizzie's family dynamics, but also the social milieu of the time and the sensational reporting and treatment of the case that overshadowed the truth. -Candice

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation book cover

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation

John Sedgwick

973.4 /Sedgwick
Nonfiction, History

Examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the Founding Father dead and turned a sitting vice-president into a fugitive.

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In exploring his family's history, author John Sedgwick was shown the last letter Alexander Hamilton ever wrote--to Theodore Sedgwick--his great, great, great (plus more) grandfather, former Speaker of the House and Massachusetts senator. It was written on the eve of the famous duel. The author wanted to explore his ancestor's relationships with both Burr and with Hamilton and why Hamilton would write Sedgwick at that particular time. What the book ended up being is an exploration of two people--Burr and Hamilton--their ambitions, the way those ambitions manifested themselves, and how the feud between the two started. It is a good, accessible read. If you want to know more about these two figures without picking up the Chernow tome, this is your book. -Anne M

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland book cover

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Jim DeFede

971.804 /DeFede
History

After thirty-eight jetliners were rerouted to Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 because the United States' airspace was closing, the townspeople of Gander came to the aid of six thousand travelers, offering food, lodging, and other comforts.

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I checked this out because I noticed that our patrons kept putting holds on it, despite it being an older title (published in 2002). And now I understand why it's been so popular. If you lived through the events of September 11, 2001, this story provides another perspective on that horrific day. The residents of Gander, Newfoundland embraced (figuratively and sometimes literally) the more than 6,000 air passengers that were diverted to their small town when the United States closed its airspace. The book follows the stories of several of the passengers, one of the airline pilots, and several Gander citizens who helped. You will learn a little bit about air traffic control, the pets who were on those planes, and how many small acts of kindness can have a tremendous impact. -Heidi L