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.
NHD contestants: Please read this.
Upcoming events 2008: March 4: Westchester County League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City. April 15: Nassau County and Farmingdale-Bethpage historical societies at the Farmingdale Public Library. June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
The Suffragents in the news: Reviews of the book . . . Notices and articles about the Suffragents . . . Brooke’s articles in various publications . . . Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters,” the logs posted real-time over more than three months of Suffragents launch events . . . and the Suffragents on Facebook.