JEANNETTE RANKIN: First Lady in Congress by Hannah Josephson

JEANNETTE RANKIN: First Lady in Congress

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This biography is reminiscent of the Landmark series for young people -- approving, unanalytical and filled with facts. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the Congress. In her first term she voted against U.S. involvement in WW I and as a result lost her seat in the next election. Returned more than two decades later, she was the only Congressperson to ballot against entry into WW II. A militant pacifist, Rankin spent her life working for peace. Her other deep political commitment was to women's rights. This uncritical book fails to probe into her character, simply detailing her affluent childhood in Montana and her later peregrinations as a public figure. The author obviously has deep admiration and affection for her subject who emerges as an attractive and courageous figure.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1974
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill