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by Ellen Carol DuBois
# US3532 Hardcover, 383 pages; 2020
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One hundred years ago this summer (August 18, 1920, to be precise), Tennessee became the thirty-sixth state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, barring federal or state governments from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. The battle to secure the vote for American women was a long, hard, at times brutal one, fought by generations of women—and, yes, some men. In Suffrage, historian Ellen Carol DuBois expertly guides readers through nearly a century of American suffrage history, introducing us to the passionate, tenacious, complex activists who worked tirelessly for women's rights to influence the laws that govern us. DuBois doesn't gloss over the ugly aspects of the fight: What began as a Civil War-era call for universal suffrage, both for women and African-Americans, splintered beneath the pressures of political machinations and racism. And while the struggle for equal rights between men and women didn't magically end in 1920, this in-depth, engaging dive into a seminal event in American history is essential reading for voters of both sexes. (KG)
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