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This book is so good! It's full of information that is not traditionally taught in schools. I love the conversational writing style. It's full of illustrations, photos, comic panels, and interesting sidebars which make it very accessible to young readers. The author includes information about how amendments are added to our constitution, how Black people were treated (mistreated) during the process, and so much more. This is such a fun way to learn about history and I can't wait to read more from the series!
Quick, when did the US pass the 19th Amendment and what does that Amendment do?
Yes, it has been 100 years since the US gave the right to vote to women, but not all women, of course, no that would be far too easy.
The way I was taught about this in school, back in the 60s and 70s, the right to vote was a gift to the women for their help in World War I, as though that was their reward for all the hard work they did.
Yeah right, as though the government every gave its citizens anything without a fight.
And this book gets into the nitty gritty of it all. We learn what racists these White women were who were first fighting for the end of slavery, and then turning around and saying that Black men should not get the right to vote before they did. Nor should Black women. Nor should recent immigrants who were less desirable, and from Eastern Europe. It is amazing how so many of these great women had such hatred in them.
This book, written at the middle-grade level is very clear on what was really going on, because history should not be so cleaned up that we miss the evils that our previous generations did. This book also covers the Black women who fought for voting rights, that are often ignored. Most people know about Susan B. Anthony, but how many know About Ida B. Wells.
And for those who wonder why the women in congress often dress in white when protesting things, it is because white was the color that the women suffragists wore when protesting.
Great book. Should be used in classrooms, if we ever have gatherings of students again. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
Another fantastic installment in the History Smashers series! What I thoroughly enjoy is that this series teaches our students/children that everything we read in history books is not always as it seems, or necessarily true. History isn't just easy facts to remember. I mean, think about reality. You don't just accomplish a goal in a single day. There are ups-and-downs, times where we need to revise/rework/redo... sometimes from scratch. This book teaches kids that Susan B. Anthony wasn't the only one to help amend the constitution in favor of women's rights. In fact, there were MANY women, and even men, who helped do so. It took a lot longer than one may think, too.
Other than the fact that this book debunks many of the half-truths we come to know nowadays, it shows the truth about racism, intersectionality, and clearly the differences of views many people had during this era. This is not what you read in textbooks now, so I appreciate that this is depicted in the History Smasher series.
Again, there are wonderful illustrations, comics, side panels, artifacts, and more embedded throughout this book that makes it even more engaging for young readers. I cannot wait to share this with my students and our school.
History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote by Kate Messner
229 Pages Publisher: Random House Children’s Release Date: July 7, 2020
Children’s Nonfiction, History
What a great book to honor the 100th anniversary for women’s right to vote. Abigail Adams first brought the subject up in 1776 to her husband John Adams. It seemed the only people allowed to vote were white males who owned property. The Constitution states that people have the right to vote but leaves it up to individual states to decide the definition of a “person.” Although one state allowed everyone to vote, they decided in 1807 that did not include women. It would take over a hundred years for them to be able to vote again.
Although this book is geared towards children, it’s easy to read format can be enjoyed by adults. There was information on women that were for women’s rights that were new to me. I appreciate the no-nonsense facts that are presented in the book. It clears up myths and falsehoods. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about the subject of women’s right to vote.
Thank you NetGalley and Random House Children's/Random House Books for Young Readers for sharing an eARC with me in exchange for an honest review. My sixth graders love history books and I am so glad that more nonfiction books are being written with their audience in mind. Kate Messner tells the history of women's fight for the right to vote in a very understanding manner. She states what has been taught, what has been left out, and what to do to make sure you get the full story in history. I liked the illustrations and I know my students will be drawn to those as well. I look forward to reading the other History Smashers books.
Really great information and facts brought up in a voice relatable for a young audience. However be prepared to answer topics that pop up should they come up like homosexual partners or racism. Both true, but bigger topics that may need scaffolding or explanations before handing it to a child if these topics haven’t been brought up.
History Smashers: Women’s Right to vote is an interesting and thought provoking look at the suffrage movement. The book does an excellent job of not painting this movement as simplistic but of showing different elements, sides and people, many of who are overlooked when this subject is taught in a history book. Love how the writers weaves in real life letters news articles and other media from this time in history that help bring to light how real the right to vote was and why it was worth fighting for.