In association with the Library of Congress, Rutgers University Press has announced the publication of Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote. The book is the official illustrated companion to the Library of Congress exhibition of the same name and will be published June 4 to coincide with the exhibit's opening. The exhibition and book tell the story of the long campaign for women's suffrage--the largest reform movement in American history--lasting more than seven decades. The struggle was not for the fainthearted. For years, determined women organized, lobbied, paraded, petitioned, lectured, picketed, and faced imprisonment.
Running from June 4-Sept. 30, 2020, the exhibition draws from the Library's extensive collections of personal papers and organizational records of such figures as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, the National Woman's Party, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and others.
Documents, images, and video and audio recordings will trace the movement leading to the women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, N.Y., the contributions of suffragists who worked to persuade women that they deserved the same rights as men, the divergent political strategies and internal divisions they overcame, the push for a Federal women's suffrage amendment, and the legacy of this movement.
Notes Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden: "The history of this struggle is one of celebration and setbacks, commanded by dynamic and formidable personalities--changemakers--who believed in relentless action and civil disobedience in the name of equality and justice. In fighting for the right...