Title: Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women's Rights
Author: Diane Eickhoff
Publisher: Quindaro Press
Publish Date: March 1, 2016
Source: TLC Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Everyone knows about
the ''Votes for Women'' campaign that led to the 19th Amendment in 1920.
Few know just how long the struggle really was. Decades earlier, brave
women began breaking the taboo of remaining silent at gatherings that
included men. They began signing their names to petitions, flexing
political muscle long before they had the vote. They wrote millions of
words and published some of the most influential books and journals of
their day. No one represents this early struggle -- the small triumphs
and discouraging setbacks -- better than Clarina Howard Nichols
(1810-1885), the Vermont newspaper publisher whose speeches made a
powerful case for equality.
Nichols, herself the victim of a
failed marriage, was a magnet to abused and mistreated women and was
their advocate at a time when her sex was just beginning to speak up.
And when she felt progress wasn't coming soon enough, she moved west, to
Bleeding Kansas, where she would make history and show the world that
feminism could thrive on the frontier."
My Two Cents:
"Clarina Nichols" is a non-fiction book geared for young adult readers to introduce them to Clarina Nichols, a woman who fought for voting rights for women. She was at the forefront of trying to change things for all women to give them more rights in a time where women were really expected to keep quiet and stay at home. I really didn't know of Clarina Nichols at all before this book and after reading this book, I find it sad that she is another name that has mostly been lost to history.
I love when books can introduce me to someone new. This book covers many different facets of Nichols' life. I liked that the book talked about both her public and private life. It really gave me an appreciation for who she was and why her work was important to getting rights for women. Nichols faced a lot of tragedy in her life, especially within her own family, and it shaped her outlook and what she wanted out of the woman's suffrage movement.
This book was well written. Again, it's geared for young adults so the way that the author writes is simple but exciting. There is so much great historical detail. This would make a great book for the budding historian!