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. (Excelsior Editions; 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 will debut September 1, 2017. Plan on attending Brook Kroeger’s book talk and signing on Friday, September 1, 2017, from 6 to 7pm at the East Hampton Public Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton, NY.
For more about the book log onto: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mH3rqhANOlY&feature=youtu.be
Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State, by Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello. (Three Hills Press, an Imprint of Cornell University Press.) The authors highlight the sixty-nine year struggle for political equality waged by a diverse group of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant and European American women, whose triumph 1917 helped turn the tide in favor of a National Amendment three years later.
Susan Goodier is also the author of the compelling but little-known story of anti-suffragists, No Votes for Women; Karen Pastorello is the author of The Progressives and A Power Among Them. Look for their new book to debut September 15.
Both books are available for pre-order from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Women Will Vote is available from the Cornell University Press. The Suffragents is available from Cornell Press.