Centennial Book Talk with Rebecca Roberts
July 27, 2018
On Thursday, July 27, join the National Woman’s Party at East City Bookshop for the Centennial Book Talk featuring Rebecca Boggs Roberts, author of Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Right to Vote. In her book, Roberts brings the reader to The Great Suffrage Parade, the first civil rights march to use the nation’s capital as a backdrop. Despite sixty years of relentless campaigning by suffrage organizations, by 1913 only six states allowed women to vote. Then Alice Paul came to Washington, D.C. She planned a grand spectacle on Pennsylvania Avenue on the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration–marking the beginning of a more aggressive strategy on the part of the women’s suffrage movement. Groups of women protested and picketed outside the White House, and some were thrown into jail. Newspapers across the nation covered their activities. These tactics finally led to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Author Rebecca Boggs Roberts narrates the heroic struggle of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party as they worked to earn the vote.
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Authors and publishers alike are taking advantage of this historic centennial and the unparalleled opportunity it offers to commemorate a milestone of democracy and explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today by publishing women’s history texts with renewed energy and excitement.
This is free to attend, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Please register here.
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