It’s Alice Paul versus Woodrow Wilson!
Utilizing the language and structure of a boxing match, this fast-paced selection covers Alice Paul’s activism, ongoing support of women’s suffrage, and continuing advocacy for passage of the 19th Amendment during Woodrow Wilson’s two presidential terms. Illustrations based on Jazz Age lithographs and boxing posters combine nicely with suspenseful, articulate text that includes some of Paul’s ancillary accomplishments (she led both the first pickets of the White House, for example, and a successful hunger strike while incarcerated) along the way to success. Wilson’s befuddlement and confusion at her strength and dedication to the cause are covered here, too, as are the negative responses of men who resisted Paul’s actions and beliefs. Ultimately, the focus is on positive change: the ratification of the amendment, Wilson’s developing viewpoint, and America’s growing acceptance of women’s rights. While the text presents her dedication and accomplishments with verve and excitement, the endnotes provide a timeline, bibliography, and additional historical context in which the white woman’s support of her organization’s discrimination against African American women is explored, presenting a picture of a flawed yet accomplished heroine.
A lively, inspiring depiction of an indomitable fighter for women’s rights. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)