Seneca Falls and after: works that chronicle women's struggle for a political voice.



Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life

By Lori Ginzberg


Stanton, an outright hero in the women's suffrage movement, wasn't always such a nice gal. Ginzberg follows Stanton through her many phases, from fighting for black male suffrage post-Civil War to her rants against immigrants and the working class. Ginzberg unapologetically and beautifully puts Stanton's behavior and life's work into context.




Iron Jawed Angels [DVD]


After being arrested for protesting in front of the White House for women's rights, Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), two of America's more radical suffragists, began a hunger strike that earned them the nickname "Iron Jawed Angels." This 2004 film, produced by HBO, tells their amazing story.





Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words

By Lynn Sherr


Sherr, a 20/20 correspondent, adds biographical sketches of Anthony to a collection of excerpts from Anthony's speeches and letters that show that she wasn't just active in fighting for women's right to vote, but also against slavery and domestic violence as well as for the rights of married women.




Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists

By Jean H. Baker


Baker seamlessly combines the stories of the five most influential women who battled for the right of American women to pull that voting lever -- Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Alice Paul -- while throwing in political and historical analysis for good measure.




Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement

By Sally McMillen


McMillen, Davidson College's history department chair, shares the lowdown on what went down at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, a major turning point in the suffrage movement, and its long-term cultural consequences.  Like any movement, suffrage had its difficulties, and McMillen nimbly chronicles them.


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.