September 28, 2017
Angela P. Dodson’s new book, Remember the Ladies, traces the story of women and ballot through its entire history, re-inserting many significant elements long neglected. It was a delight to join her on the platform in the reading room of the storied New York Society Library, where, since I started writing books in 1990, I have spent many days. (I even remember the long-departed pay phone at the top of the stairs to the 2nd floor.) The collection is full of surprises, especially if early 20th century books and magazines figure in the research. Huge thanks to the library for making this event possible and for keeping the flame so brightly lit.
Sharing the opportunity with Angela was especially fine. At her suggestion, we used a format of “Ten Things You May Not Have Known about the Suffrage Movement.” Her breadth of information about the movement from its pre-beginnings was illuminating. I followed up with the final decade of the campaign (1909-19), the point where the Men’s League came into being to do its useful part.
In the crowd were authors and performers researching aspects of their own suffrage stories. Several took the opportunity to share their work during the Q&A.
Here are a few snapshots, courtesy of my sister-in-law, Viviana Kasam (who gave up “Norma” at the Met for this presentation), including one of the violin carving embedded in the elegant woodwork. When this perfect room was part of a home, it’s a safe guess that music often filled it.
Next day comments gleaned from Facebook ( a good bit of mutual admiration society going on):
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The Suffragents in the news: Kirkus Features, Kirkus Reviews, Foreword Reviews, Town & Country, The American Scholar, Tabletmag.com, Unorthodox podcast, Top of Mind with Julie Rose (live), NYU Features, Women’s Media Center, Futurity, Non-Fiction Fans, HeforShe.org’s The Scoop, Opzij magazine (NL), AmericasDemocrats podcast, Facebook , Brooke’s posts, Good Men Project , suffrageandthemedia.org,
Upcoming events: Oct. 19: East Hampton Library. Oct. 22: Author’s Talk & Tea: Woodlawn Conservancy. Oct. 26: Talk Back at the Black Box Theater for Nancy Smithner’s “Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights.” Nov. 5: Holiday Book Signing at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. Nov. 6: Brentwood Public Library Nov. 7: NYU Center for the Humanities. Nov. 10: Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center Nov. 16: Book & Bottle: Suffolk County Historical Society & Museum. Nov. 17-18 Researching New York Conference, Albany. Nov. 20: Brookhaven League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City.
Parting shots of: the book launch events of Sept. 1 in East Hampton; Sept. 11 in NYC and Sept. 14 in Cambridge Mass. I’ve got comment and a video (expected soon) of the Sept. 28 event with Angela P. Dodson at the NY Society Library I spoke at the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Fall Luncheon on Oct. 10 to an audience in which men were very well represented. Oct. 14, I presented on a panel at the AJHA Convention, Little Rock, Ark., on ‘When the Women of Suffrage Got Its Makeover On.” More to come on that.