CANCELLED:Next meeting at Lilly Library, Florence: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. We will discuss The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott.
African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote 1850-1920, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, 1998 One copy in C/W MARS libraries. Available in paperback $20 – short biographies of suffragists.
Fighting Chance – The Struggle Over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America, Faye Dudden, 2011, 9 copies in C/W MARS libraries Available in paperback $33. Looks interesting, but perhaps difficult reading.
Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement, Barbara F. Berenson, 2018 19 copies in C/W MARS libraries available $30. Interesting only because it’s about Massachusetts.
Mr. President: How Long Must We Wait: Alice Paul, W. Wilson and Fight for Vote, Tina Cassidy, new book, many copies in C/W MARS libraries
Path breaking an autobiographical history of the equal suffrage movement in Pacific Coast states Duniway, Abigail Scott 1834-1915 1 copy in C/W MARS libraries; suggested at Book Group because we have been interested in the suffrage activism of women of the western U.S.
Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, Nell Irvin Painter, 1996, 48 copies in C/W MARS libraries; 300 pages. Fascinating and readable biography about this local suffragist.
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, Elaine Weiss, 2019. 66 copies in C/W MARS libraries. Available in Penguin paperback $18. LWV Book Group read in October 2019; about final ratification in Tennessee. Exciting to read even though we know the outcome; history comes alive. LWV Book Group read in November 2019.
The Women’s Suffrage Movement, Sally Roesch Wagner, editor, 2019. 20 copies in C/W MARS libraries. Available in paperback, $18.
Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, Susan Ware, 2019. 18 copies in C/W MARS libraries. Available in hardcover, $27. LWV Book Group read and found very interesting and readable. Susan Ware will speak in Northampton May 3, 2020.
Book selection for November/December, 2019
Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, Susan Ware
Save the date! We are excited to announce that Susan Ware will be our guest speaker, coming to talk about this book on May 3, 2020.
Book selection for October/November, 2019
The LWV 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Book Group met Thursday, November 7 at Lilly Library in Florence. We had a lively 2nd discussion of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss. Although this well-researched book centered around the approval of the 19th Amendment by the final state, Tennessee, the author wove in the history of the entire suffrage movement from the 1840s through the 1920s. We found the book to be informative, interesting, and especially exciting in the final chapters.
Our group particularly noticed common threads between the experience in Tennessee and issues of today, for instance:
-competing groups who have the same goal but difficulty working together
-discrimination against people of color – particularly African Americans
-cultural restrictions for women in work and public life
-the intersection with history of the time, namely the Civil War, the Gold Rush, the Industrial Revolution, participation of women in World War I
We noted the dedication of those who joined the movement for women’s suffrage considering the difficulties of travel and communication at the time.
-Where did their funding come from?
-How did they convince the men who had the vote to include them in voting rights?
-What was it about the Suffrage Leaders that gave them the inspiration and will to continue the fight over generations?
“She Shapes History: A Celebration of Women’s Suffrage The Berkshire Museum 39 South Street, Pittsfield Mon-Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 12-5; now through May 25, 2020