At the turn of the 19th century, women had limited rights. They had no control of their earnings, could not divorce a husband, had no claim to property, could not speak in public meetings and could not vote. Barely 100 years ago, women were the only adult group that was disenfranchised. The women's suffrage movement, a political campaign that sought to address these problems, began about 1800 and culminated in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Led by women such as Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the members of the movement petitioned Congress, marched and gave speeches in an effort to achieve their goals. Today, the women's suffrage movement is inspirational proof that peaceful political reform is possible.
Women's Suffrage in America, a volume in Facts On File's acclaimed Eyewitness History series, provides hundreds of first-hand accounts of the movement--from diary entries, letters, speeches and newspaper accounts, which illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. Among the eyewitness testimonies included are those from Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, Helen Keller and John Quincy Adams.
In addition to the firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. The book also includes such critical documents as the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments at Seneca Falls, the Emancipation Address of the Woman's National Loyal League, the Constitution of the National American Women's Suffrage Association and the 19th Amendment, as well as capsule biographies of more than 100 key figures, a Bibliography, an Index and 100 black-and-white photographs.