By Kevin Winter
When women were advocating for their right to vote, they had to get the support of the men. Because without the support of the men, women would have never gotten the right to vote. This book tells the story of how women of the National American Woman Suffrage Association convinced some of the most powerful men in New York to found an organization of men for suffrage, the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. And it tells of how woman ran the league, got men to do its bidding, and convinced the power brokers that it was finally time to give woman the vote.
This book is from a very New York perspective, and that is fine, but it is from such an upper-class perspective that I find it a bit dull. Brooke Kroeger focuses on the upper-class men and women who worked to get women the right to vote and tried to get it in the hands of the larger country. But by focusing on just the rich and upper-class, the book kind of ignores the thoughts, ideas, and any contributions that women, and men, of the middle- and lower-classes might have made. A decent attempt to put the New York story in the larger nationwide picture.
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The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, presented by the Center for Political History. See “Summer Camp Newsletters” and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about my books are under their titles here. My articles are here.
Upcoming Events 2019-2020: August 7: Panel, “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court.” (page 40) AEJMC, Toronto. August 14: Webinar, National Park Service. September 23: Bentson Dean’s Lecture, College of Arts and Science, New York University.October 17: Suffragents Panel, National Archives, Washington DC.  June 4-6 “Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),” Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).
Happened 2019: Exhibition Opening Remarks: “Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment,“New York Society Library. February 23: “Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practices,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles. March 13:“ The Suffragents,” Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY. March 24: League of Women Voters, Albany County at the Bethlehem (NY) Public Library. March 25: “Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage: Recognizing the Men Who Stood with Women on the Front Lines,” Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, CLE, NY State Courts at SUNY Albany Law School, Albany NY. May 15: “The Republican Suffragents,” National Women’s Republican Club, New York City.