March 2020: “Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage”



 

“The centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment encourages a fresh rethinking of the history of the women’s suffrage movement, to which this volume is a welcome addition. Special kudos for its sustained attention to racial and regional diversity, as well as its broad chronological sweep.”-Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

FRONT PAGES, FRONT LINES:

MEDIA AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

The press, women, and the long road to the Nineteenth Amendment

Suffragists recognized that the media played an essential role in the women’s suffrage movement and the public’s understanding of it. From parades to going to jail for voting, activists played to the mass media of their day. They also created an energetic niche media of suffragist journalism and publications.

This collection offers new research on media issues related to the women’s suffrage movement. Contributors incorporate innovative approaches to social movement, media theory, and historiography while discussing the vexed relationship between the media and debates over suffrage. Aiming to correct past oversights, the editors curate essays on overlooked topics like the participation of African American and Mormon-oriented media, coverage of black women in the movement, suffrage-related historiography, suffragist rhetorical strategies, elites within the movement, suffrage as part of broader campaigns for social transformation, and how views of white masculinity influenced press coverage.

Contributors: Maurine H. Beasley, Sherilyn Cox Bennion, Jinx C. Broussard, Teri Finneman, Kathy Roberts Forde, Linda M. Grasso, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, Linda J. Lumsden, Jane Marcellus, Jane Rhodes, Linda Steiner, and Robin Sundaramoorthy


Linda Steiner is a professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and a coauthor of Women and JournalismCarolyn Kitch is a professor of journalism and media & communication at Temple University and the author of Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial PastBrooke Kroeger is a professor of journalism at New York University and the author of The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote.

Contributors: Maurine H. Beasley, Sherilyn Cox Bennion, Jinx C. Broussard, Teri Finneman, Kathy Roberts Forde, Linda M. Grasso, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, Linda J. Lumsden, Jane Marcellus, Jane Rhodes, Linda Steiner, and Robin Sundaramoorthy


Editors: Linda Steiner is a professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and a coauthor of Women and JournalismCarolyn Kitch is a professor of journalism and media & communication at Temple University and the author of Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial PastBrooke Kroeger is a professor of journalism at New York University and the author of The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote.

Essay Titles:

Introduction LINDA STEINER; Historiography: Women’s Suffrage and the Media LINDA J. LUMSDEN; Nineteenth-Century Suffrage Journals: Inventing and Defending New Women LINDA STEINER; The Woman’s Exponent: A Utah Case Study in the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage SHERILYN COX BENNION; Writing and “Righting”: African American Women Seek the Vote ROBIN MAZYCK SUNDARMOORTHY AND JINX COLEMAN BROUSSARD; Woman Suffrage and the New Negro in the Black Public Sphere JANE RHODES; Differently Radical: Suffrage Issues and Feminist Ideas in The Crisis and The Masses LINDA M. GRASSO; A Countermovement on the Verge of Defeat: Antisuffragist Arguments in 1917 Press Coverage TERI FINNEMAN; Discourses of Race and Masculinity in the Nashville Press: “A White Man’s Country and a White Man’s Government”? JANE MARCELLUS; The Facilitators: Elites in the Victory of the Women’s Suffrage Movement BROOKE KROEGER; After Suffrage: An Uncharted Path MAURINE BEASLEY; Memory, Interrupted: A Century of Remembering and Forgetting the Story of Women’s Suffrage CAROLYN KITCH; Afterword: Women’s Suffrage, the Press, and the Enduring Problem of White Supremacy KATHY ROBERTS FORDE 

 

For National History Day contestantsUpcoming — January 30:  Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: TBA April 4: Avon-on-Sea Public Library, Avon CT June 4-6: “Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne. Link to past appearances.

Coming March 2020: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds.