Alice Paul

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This biography of Alice Paul, long an elusive figure in the political history of American women, offers the first in-depth examination of the sources of Paul’s ambition and the development of her political consciousness. Focusing on Paul’s early years and suffrage leadership, the authors bring fresh insights to the persistent questions about Alice Paul and her legacy.

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Alice Paul redirected the course of American political history. Raised by Quaker parents in Moorestown, New Jersey, she would become a passionate and outspoken leader of the woman suffrage movement. In 1913, she reinvigorated the American campaign for a constitutional suffrage amendment and, in the next seven years, dominated that campaign and drove it to victory with bold, controversial action-wedding courage with resourcefulness and self-mastery. This riveting account of Paul’s early years and suffrage activism offers fresh insight into her private persona and public image, examining for the first time the sources of Paul’s ambition and the growth of her political consciousness. Though many historians regard her Quaker upbringing as the greatest influence in her commitment to women’s rights, J. D. Zahniser and Amelia R. Fry explore the ways in which her political zeal developed out of years of education, as well as from her earlyinvolvement with British suffragists Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst. These two women helped to hone Paul’s instincts and skills, which equipped her for later dealings with two important political adversaries, Woodrow Wilson and rival suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt.Using oral history interviews and the rich trove of Paul’s correspondence, Zahniser and Fry substantially revise our understanding Paul’s role in the suffrage movement. This compelling biography analyzes Paul’s charisma and leadership qualities, sheds new light on her life and work, and is essential reading for anyone interested in the woman suffrage movement, particularly as the American centennial of the women’s vote approaches.

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Weight0.592 kg
Dimensions23.5 × 15.6 × 2.25 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

408

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

324.623092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K