Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape

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Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape. By James Glen Stovall. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2013. Pp. [xiv], 133. $45.00, ISBN 978-1-57233-940-8.) This volume provides a written and visual account of the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. James Glen Stovall, a Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the University of Tennessee, successfully combines a historical and pictorial account with a journalistic perspective. The well-researched written account begins with brief background on the suffrage movement, quickly covering the early days of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, moving to the British suffragettes, and concluding with Alice Paul. Stovall describes the events of March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration, in a clear, straightforward style. While it is not an overly detailed account, it aptly sets up the next half of the book, which consists of nearly one hundred photographs.

The photographs, divided into sections such as "Planning the Parade," "The Suffrage Hikers," and "Starting the Parade," truly highlight the suffrage parade as a controversial and transformative event. …

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