This unique event brings together two cutting-edge historians on the era of women’s suffrage. 2017 begins the centennial celebrations of women first winning the right to vote, culminating in national suffrage three years later.
Angela P. Dodson’s Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box (Center Street, May 2017) documents the fight for women’s right to vote, drawing on historic research, biographies of leaders, and primary sources from books to buttons. Here are the groundbreaking convention records, speeches, newspaper accounts, letters, photos, and drawings of those who fought for women’s right to vote, full of little-known facts and showing the intersection of women’s struggle for the vote with other progressive efforts. Dodson, currently a contributing editor for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, has served as senior editor for the New York Times and executive editor of Black Issues Book Review.She has written and edited newspaper and magazine articles, feature stories and books and is most proud of her work developing “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority,” by Tom Burrell, and a history of reporters covering the Civil Rights Movement.
Brooke Kroeger’s The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote (State University of New York Press, September 2017) is the untold story of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 into a force of thousands across thirty-five states. Kroeger explores the men who involved themselves with the suffrage campaign and the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. Kroeger is Professor at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her prior books include Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist and Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst.
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 at Lebanon Valley College. Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters” (with photos and often video) and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about her books under their titles here. National History Day contestants, please read this.
Next up: 2019: UCLA Law Conference on Food and Animal Rights: February 23. Scarsdale Women’s Club, March 13. National Women’s Republican Club, May 15.