By Antonia Petrash
One of the benefits of celebrating the suffrage centennial this year is a wide offering of programs, celebrations, and of course, books to enhance our knowledge and enjoyment of the subject. Two new books about the woman suffrage movement are due out very soon, and both are worth waiting for.
The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get The Vote, by Brooke Kroeger. (ExcelsiorEditions; State University of New York Press, Albany). The Suffragents tells the fascinating but little known story of the men who helped women secure the vote. The Men’s League for Woman Suffrage was led by some powerful and successful men, including John Dewey, Max Eastman, and James Lees Laidlaw, husband of Harriet Burton Laidlaw of Port Washington, NY.
The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards competition.
National History Day contestants: Please read this.
Next up on the calendar in 2018: July 7 East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (hosting with Sara Davison the garden author and expert Charlotte M. Frieze) : August 4: Shelter Island Historical Society. In 2019: March 13: Scarsdale Woman’s Club
Read reviews, notices and articles about The Suffragents (and previous books under their titles), articles by Brooke, Facebook posts, and Brooke’s informal “Summer Camp Newsletters,” posted, with photos and often video, after her appearances.