FREE BUT NOT EQUAL: How Women Won the Right to Vote by Bill Severn

FREE BUT NOT EQUAL: How Women Won the Right to Vote

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It is Mr. Severn's misfortune that his thorough, interesting history of the woman's suffrage movement is the third to appear within a year. The dramatic episode of Tennessee's ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment introduces a chronological narrative which begins with Anne Hutchinson and ends with Carrie Chapman Catt with the focus always on the central struggle and its vicissitudes rather than on individual personalities--which differentiates it somewhat from G. Allan Foster's Right to Vote. Otherwise there is little but style and choice of detail to distinguish between the two; we tend to prefer Mr. Severn's less personal approach, a matter of taste, and to regret a youngster's missing the story of Esther Morris, the robust pioneer who fought for the right to vote in Wyoming, who receives only a few lines from Foster. Olivia Coolidge's Women's Rights is an incisive, crisply written account which is slightly more mature than either. Our choice would be Coolidge for older readers and Severn ahead by a hair's-breadth for those a little younger, but you can be content with any of the three.

Pub Date: March 20th, 1967
Publisher: Messner