Readership: Scholars and general readers/women's history enthusiasts interested in woman suffrage Undergraduate and graduate women's history courses.
J.D. Zahniser, Historian, American Institute for History Education, US, and With Amelia R. Fry, Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library
Historian, American Institute for History Education
with Amelia R. Fry
(deceased) Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
"Much has been written on Alice Paul, but this long-awaited and fascinating new biography based on years of research by Amelia Fry and years more by J. D. Zahniser, takes us from Paul's childhood through her years in England to the victory for woman suffrage in 1920 and accomplishes what the intensely private suffrage leader deliberately made difficult, introducing us to the fascinating individual behind the public image." - Marjorie J. Spruill, Professor of History, University of South Carolina
"Alice Paul: Claiming Power is an exhaustively researched and meticulously crafted work. Using previously untapped original sources, it
is undoubtedly the definitive biography of Paul during the suffrage era. This book elevates Paul to the position she should command as one of the consummate political masters of the twentieth century. Paul's leadership genius made the suffrage movement one of the two most successful 'rights' movements in the nation's history-one that claimed political power for more than half the population in a bloodless political revolution." - Edith P. Mayo, Curator Emeritus of Political History, Smithsonian Institution
"The elegantly constructed narrative combines the filaments of Paul's precocious life into an incisive tale.... This is not only the story of one person, but of
her epoch and culture. Zahniser and Fry have done readers a profound service." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[A] carefully researched biography." - Louis Menand, The New Yorker
"[A] history of women's 72-year struggle to attain the vote... Highly recommended." - CHOICE
Introduction: Alice Paul
Chapter One: "Mind the Light"
Chapter Two: "In Veniemus viam avt facimus"
Chapter Three: "Heart and Soul Convert"
Chapter Four: "A New and More Heroic Plane"
Chapter Five: "A Little Stone in a Big Mosaic"
Chapter Six: "We Came, They Saw, We Conquered"
Chapter Seven: "A Procession of Our Own"
Chapter Eight: "A Dark Conspiracy"
Chapter Nine: "We Go to Smash or Make Good"
Chapter Ten: "A Great Body of Voting Women"
Chapter Eleven: "The Voice of the New Power"
Chapter Twelve: "The Ghost at the Feast"
Chapter Thirteen: "The Young are at the Gates"
Chapter Fourteen: "Jailed for Freedom"
Chapter Fifteen: "Not a Gift, but a Triumph"
Epilogue: Claiming Power