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June 21, 2021

Dear America Book Series


Dear America Book Series

I know this isn't my usual spot for book reviews. You can view those here: A Novel Experience 

 I wanted to do a little showcase on these great books. I'm calling these a series, although they actually are stand-alone. I definitely recommend buying as many as you can!

I have 3 daughters, am a self-taught history buff, and an unapologetic book hoarder.
According to Goodreads, there are 43 books. We probably own 15 or so and have read more of them.

These historical fiction books are fascinating. They are full of wonderful information on some of America's biggest historical moments!
While the protagonist is usually a fictitious, young girl writing in her diary, the historical events are factual and many of the names are also real people.
I actually just finished reading another one of these books, which is mainly the reason for this post.
I wanted to hop on here and share this one.
The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen
Washington, D.C, 1917
written by: Kathryn Lasky
I honestly was just drawn into this book from the beginning. There is so much information that I learned.
A few of the things I am taking away from this book.
The suffragette movement was so much more than just women wanting to be legally allowed to vote.
Women were not allowed to sue anyone, have mortgages, and were often denied higher education. Women were also required to quit their jobs once they became married at one time in history.
Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first to hold a meeting for woman's rights in her home. The meeting, held in July 1848 held over 300 women and 40 men, including Frederick Douglas.

Lucy Burns was arrested with many other women. In 1917, she led many of the women prisoners on a hunger strike that eventually led to their pardons and release from jail.
President Wilson did not support the Women's movement and often refused to listen or acknowledge the picketers and spokespeople.

Women picketers were called unwomanly, pathological, diseased, dangerous, among other things.
Women today still fight for equality.
As you can see, this book alone is full of wonderful history.

I would love for you to check out more of these books here.

Have you read any of them?
Which is your favorite?

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