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Sisters

The Lives of America's Suffragists

Jean H. Baker

Hill and Wang

They forever changed America: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Alice Paul. At their revolution's start in the 1840s, a woman's right to speak in public was questioned. By its conclusion in 1920, the victory in woman's suffrage had also encompassed the most fundamental rights of citizenship: the right to control wages, hold property, to contract, to sue, to testify in court. Their struggle was confrontational (women were the first to picket the White House for a political cause) and violent (women were arrested, jailed, and force-fed in prisons). And like every revolutionary before them, their struggle was personal.
 
Books have extolled their accomplishments and noted their sacrifices. For the first time, historian Jean H. Baker interweaves these women's private lives with their public achievements. Baker presents these revolutionary women in three dimensions, humanized and approachable. Stone the martyr and missionary; Stanton the antireligious individualist; Anthony the activist lesbian; Willard the organizational mastermind; Paul the militant feminist. Finally, these formidable founding mothers of American feminism have been introduced as the sisters they were to each other, and as they must be remembered by the feminists who follow in their footsteps.

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1The Martyr and the Missionary: Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell 
 
By 1855 Lucy Stone had resisted the pleading of her suitor, Henry Blackwell, for three years. Ever since their chance meeting in Cincinnati when she had tried to cash a payment voucher from one of her lectures at his hardware store, he had pursued her -- by letter, by attendance at the annual women's conventions (where Lucy, in her lover's eyes, always delivered the best speech), and once by arriving, unannounced, at her family's farm in western Massachusetts, where he waited several days reading Emerson
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"Goucher history professor Jean H. Baker shows us the human web that shaped five women in their self-awareness, nonconformity and leadership in the struggle for suffrage…By weaving together their public and private lives, Baker deepens our appreciation for the warp and woof of their struggle." --Anne Grant, The Providence Journal

"Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists by historian Jean Baker (Hill and Wang) unspools the lives of Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard and Alice Paul as it unfolds the story of the women's rights movement. The story, itself compelling, becomes more so in Baker's skillful hands. No reader can walk away from this without understanding, and being moved, by the tremendous accomplishments of these women." --Geeta Sharma-Jensen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Baker's book gives a clear picture of these women whose passion for equal rights led them to spend their lives seeking social change." --Stell Simonton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jean H. Baker

  • Jean H. Baker teachers history at Goucher College and is the author of James Buchanan and Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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