History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote

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History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote
Author: Messner, Kate
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Time Period: Industrial Age
Time Frame: 1885-1920
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: , Women's Suffrage, Voting
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Book
Published: 2020

American History > Modern Age > Women's Suffrage

Myths! Lies! Secrets! Smash the stories behind famous moments in history and expose the hidden truth. Perfect for fans of I Survived and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

In 1920, Susan B. Anthony passed a law that gave voting rights to women in the United States. RIGHT?

WRONG! Susan B. Anthony wasn't even alive when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. Plus, it takes a lot more than one person to amend the constitution.

The truth is, it took millions of women to get that amendment into law. They marched! They picketed! They even went to jail. But in the end, it all came down to a letter from a state representative's mom. No joke.

Through illustrations, graphic panels, photographs, sidebars, and more, acclaimed author Kate Messner smashes history by exploring the little-known details behind the fight for women's suffrage.

Don't miss History Smashers: The Mayflower!

Emily's Review

I read this aloud with my then 13-year-old and we found this book utterly riveting! This was an excellent introduction to women's suffrage and I especially appreciate the intersectionality of it. So often, we only hear about the white women who fought for the right to vote, so I was excited to see not only black women featured but also mentions of LGBTQIA people.

Probably my favorite thing about this series is that Messner strives to show children that history isn't always cut and dry. She exposes the hidden histories that are often overlooked and isn't afraid to show the ugly alongside the inspiring.

I cannot recommend this series enough!

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