A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Numerous sidebars feature people, events, and ideas. "Know Your Radicals" has brief bios (most with photos) of influential and sometimes little-known women. The "Putting It Into Perspective" sidebars highlight the role of Quakers, early voting rights for women in the West, abolitionism, and the (unexpected for most readers) racist views held by some women in the suffrage movement.
Even if the odds against you seem insurmountable, never give up. Women deserve the same rights that men have.
Positive Role Models
Roses and Radicals is filled to overflowing with dedicated, courageous women. Some well-known (Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton) and others whose lives may be new to readers: Lucy Stone, the first American woman to keep her own name after marriage; Victoria Woodhull, who ran for president in 1872 as the nominee of the Equal Rights Party; and Ida B. Wells, an African-American from Mississippi who campaigned to draw attention to the horrific practice of lynching.
Violence & Scariness
Opposition to the suffrage movement often turned violent. Women are groped and slapped, grabbed and thrown to the ground by police, force-fed with tubes down their throats, and beaten, kicked, and choked by their jailers. One woman is shot at and tossed off a balcony.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Susan Zimet's Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote is the story of the seven-decade-long battle for women's suffrage and the remarkable and courageous women who never gave up the fight. Moving from the Women's Rights Convention in 1848, which demanded the vote for women, to a cliffhanger ending in 1920, when a single vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, it's an exciting read that should easily captivate even readers who think they don't like history.
Is It Any Good?
With the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being celebrated in 2020, this is a timely, accessible, and unflinching look at the fight to give women the vote. Roses and Radicals packs a lot of history into 168 pages, but it's filled with memorable personalities, and numerous sidebars break up what might otherwise be heavy historical going for some readers.
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