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Woman Suffrage Activists in Scituate, Massachusetts
ISBN: 978-1-7354745-0-2 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-7354745-1-9 (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-1-7354745-2-6 (hardcover)
Library of Congress Control Number: 2020914084
A surprising number of nationally recognized suffragist leaders spent summers in seaside Scituate, Massachusetts. This book creates a revealing portrait of their lives in what was arguably the nation’s summer suffragist capital, using original research and previously unpublished records. It also offers a highly readable account of their personal and activist lives in Boston, New York, Washington, and elsewhere, fighting for women’s right to vote. It is both local and national history, still relevant to our times, when the right to vote and the right to protest are under assault.
Mr. Nyberg has successfully brought to the forefront the Scituate suffragists
in a way that is both fascinating and enlightening for the reader.
— Foreword by David Ball, President, Scituate Historical Society
This is a splendid book. Its deep research, masterful language, and thoughtful
insights into an elite community’s fascinating cadre of progressives, in turbulent
times much like our own, bring the women’s suffrage movement to life.
— James B. Conroy, author of the prize-winning Lincoln’s White House:
The People’s House in Wartime, and other books on American history
Brings deep and unique knowledge of local history to bear on an important
American movement for social change. Eight generations of women, often
with men standing at their sides, campaigned for the essential right of all
citizens to vote. In this book, Lyle Nyberg contributes a deeper understanding
of the local roots of all activism.
— Dr. Johanna Neuman, historian, author of And Yet They Persisted:
How American Women Won the Right to Vote (2019) and Gilded Suffragists:
The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote (2017)
By focusing on a surprising hotbed of a movement that was then called
“woman suffrage”—the coastal New England town of Scituate, Mass.—
author Lyle Nyberg helps flesh out the early years of a great adventure
story being celebrated in 2020’s centennial of the 19th Amendment. He
explores this critical time in American history by mining a treasure trove
of original documents, including even intimate personal correspondence,
to bring to life the women and men who helped give birth to a sweeping
revolution in democracy. It is a powerful, most timely achievement.
-- Roy Harris, former Wall Street Journal reporter, and author of Pulitzer’s Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism (Columbia U. Press, 2016)