Mr. President, how long must we wait? : Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the fight for the right to vote

by Cassidy, Tina,

Format: Print Book 2019.
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Summary
An eye-opening, inspiring, and timely account of the complex relationship between notable suffragist Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson in her fight for women's equality.

Woodrow Wilson lands in Washington, DC in March of 1913, a day before he is set to take the presidential oath of office. Expecting a throng of onlookers, he is instead met with minimal interest as the crowd and media alike watch a twenty-five-year-old Alice Paul organize 8,000 suffragists in a first-of-its-kind protest led by a woman riding a white horse just a few blocks away from the Washington platform. The next day, the New York Times calls the procession "one of the most impressively beautiful spectacles ever staged in this country."

Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? weaves together two storylines: Paul's and Wilson's, two seemingly complete opposites who had more in common than either one could imagine. Paul's procession led her to be granted a one-on-one meeting with President Woodrow Wilson, one that would lead to many meetings and much discussion, though little progress. With no equality in sight and patience wearing thin, Paul organized the first group to ever picket on the White House lawn--night and day, through sweltering summer mornings and frigid fall nights.

From solitary confinement, hunger strikes, and mental institutions to sitting right across from President Woodrow Wilson, Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? reveals the inspiring, near-death journey it took, spearheaded in no small part by Paul's leadership, to grant women the right to vote in America. A rousing portrait of a little-known feminist heroine and an inspirational exploration of a crucial moment in American history--one century before the Women's March--this is a perfect book for fans of Hidden Figures .
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This engaging account of the conflict surrounding the enactment of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, is an extensively researched, easy-to-follow narrative. Cassidy makes the struggle personal by providing telling insights into the lives of two main adversaries: Alice Paul, relentless and charismatic champion of women's suffrage, and President Woodrow Wilson, an initial opponent who eventually came around and voiced his support, albeit tepidly. Their social and political maneuvering unfolds amidst other dramas of varying national scope: WWI, the precarious League of Nations, racial unrest, activist spectacles and parades, jail sentences, hunger strikes, and the death of Wilson's first wife, Ellen, and his hasty marriage to his second wife, Edith, who largely assumed the duties of the presidency after his stroke. Details abound, whether appearing in biographical anecdotes, records of sordid prison conditions, or evolving slogans on protest placards. Readers will come away with increased appreciation for these heroic efforts devoted to women's suffrage plus new-found empathy for the combatants on both sides.--Kathleen McBroom Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Paul, Alice, -- 1885-1977.
Wilson, Woodrow, -- 1856-1924.
Suffragists -- United States -- Biography.
Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First 37 Ink/Atria Books hardcover edition.
Other Titles Mister President, how long must we wait?
Language English
Description xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-271) and index.
ISBN 9781501177767
1501177761
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