This week on The Historians Podcast is Angelica Shirley Carpenter author of Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist. The book is a biography of one of the leaders of the women’s rights movement, who was born near Syracuse and who was also an influence on L. Frank Baum’s fictional works about Oz.
In 1893, a deputy sheriff knocked on Matilda Joslyn Gage’s door in Fayetteville, New York. He served her with a supreme writ, court papers summoning her to appear before a judge for breaking the law.
“All of the crimes which I was not guilty of rushed through my mind,” she wrote later, “but I failed to remember that I was a born criminal — a woman.” Her crime: registering to vote. The verdict: guilty as charged. [Read more…] about Radical Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage
Angelica Shirley Carpenter’s new book Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist takes a look at Matilda Gage’s life and why she is often overlooked when her comrades, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are regularly celebrated.
Reflecting upon her 1893 arrest, Gage said, “All of the crimes which I was not guilty of rushed through my mind, but I failed to remember that I was a born criminal – a woman.” What was Gage’s crime? Registering to vote. The verdict? Guilty as charged. [Read more…] about Born Criminal: Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage
Nellie Bly gained her reputation as a reporter when she exposed poor conditions at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Bly reported on issues of importance to women, producing an important interview with Susan B. Anthony and covering major events in the suffrage campaign.
A free lecture, Nellie Bly: From Blackwell’s Island to Well Beyond, has been set for Thursday, June 14th at 6:30 pm at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, 525 Main Street. [Read more…] about Nellie Bly: Blackwell’s Island And Beyond
On Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s History-Interdisciplinary Studies “Gender Issues in World History” class, with Professor Kristina Boylan, will share their semester-long research comparing citizenship and suffrage struggles in New York State and around the world.
This family friendly program in Utica includes creative, interactive stories and activities about these activists and their achievements for children in first grade and up. Free and open to the public. [Read more…] about Utica: Citizenship, Sufferage Around the World Dec 2nd
Jennifer A. Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton’s new book Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial (Excelsior Editions, 2017) chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.
The work for women’s suffrage received a boost more than seventy years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and one hundred supporters signed the Declaration of Sentiments asserting that “all men and women are created equal.”
This convention served as a catalyst for debates and action on both the national and state level, and on November 6, 1917, New York State passed the referendum for women’s suffrage. Its passing in New York signaled that the national passage of suffrage would soon follow. On August 18, 1920, “Votes for Women” were constitutionally granted. [Read more…] about New Book Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial
New York Citys Landmarks Preservation Commission has launched NYC Landmarks and The Vote at 100, an interactive story map commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State through the lens of New York City landmarks.
The story map enables viewers to learn the history of more than 40 designated sites associated with the advancement of the suffrage movement for American women. Text, photographs, maps and video, weave an account of the movement in a seven-part narrative that includes sections on the mainstream movement and well as the specific contributions of young insurgents, labor activists, and African American suffragists. [Read more…] about Story Map: NYC Landmarks and The Vote at 100
Putnam County Historian Dr. Sarah Johnson will lead a lecture entitled “Votes for Women! Putnam County in the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” sponsored by the Putnam Valley Historical Society, on Sunday, November 12 at 1 pm.
In Putnam County, the push for Women’s Suffrage began to heat up by the early 1890s and continued through the 1910s, with setbacks including the defeat in the election of 1915 in New York State. Numerous local women’s suffrage supporters gained traction for the movement by hosting and giving talks, organizing booths at local civic events, and marching in Albany and Washington, D.C. [Read more…] about Women’s Suffrage in Putnam County Talk Sunday
The Cayuga Museum will host a lecture on Woman’s Suffrage on Sunday, November 12, at 6 pm in the Cayuga Museum’s Carriage House Theatre.
The illustrated lecture, “Seneca Falls: Was It the Beginning of the Woman Suffrage Movement?,” will be presented by Dr. Judith Wellman. [Read more…] about Cayuga Museum Woman’s Suffrage Lecture Nov 12th
The Historical Society of Rockland County, League of Women Voters, and New City Library will hold a March & Rally to commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 12 to 4 pm, at the Rockland County Courthouse and HSRC History Center.
To honor the centennial Women’s Suffrage in New York, a historical rally will be held in New City, Rockland County’s seat, with a march to the Courthouse steps. Marchers will gather at noon in the parking lot behind the county’s Sain Building (8 New Hempstead Road). [Read more…] about Rockland Co Women’s Suffrage Rally and March Nov 5th