[NCHS-Announce] Next Scheduled Program Meeting is Sun., Apr. 22nd

Den Collins, Webmaster nchs at nassaucountyhistoricalsociety.org
Wed Mar 21 11:27:49 EDT 2018

The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
“The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote”
Brooke Kroeger
Jericho Public Library

Note: This is a change of date and location from what was previously announced.

The Suffragents is the untold story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states. Ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 for women’s suffrage culminated more than 70 years of struggle.

Brooke Kroeger explores the formation of the League and the men who instigated it to involve themselves with the suffrage campaign, what they did at the behest of the movement’s female leadership, and why. She details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. Led by such luminaries as Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody, members of the League worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government. In the process, they helped convince waffling politicians, a dismissive public, and a largely hostile press to support the women’s demand. Together, they swayed the course of history.

At least one of the suffragents had a Nassau County, Long Island connection. James Lees Laidlaw who had a country home in Sands Point was president of the state and national Men's League for Woman's Suffrage.

A brief video about Brooke Kroeger’s program: The Suffragents <https://youtu.be/mH3rqhANOlY>
There will be limited copies of the 372 page book available for purchase, $25 per copy, and signing at the meeting. Respond to: webmaster at nassaucountyhistoricalsociety.org <mailto:webmaster at nassaucountyhistoricalsociety.org> by April 5, 2018, if you wish to purchase a book(s), and a copy/copies will be reserved for you.

Guests are welcome to attend; invite your friends. Light refreshments follow the program.

Directions: The Jericho Library is at 1 Merry Lane (click link for map) <https://goo.gl/maps/uFfCoDzr5Nr>, off (south of) Rt. 25. From Rt. 106 (Exit 41N from the Rt. 495/LIE), go east on 25 a short distance; turn right (south) onto Merry Lane and the library will be on your left.

Save the date for:
Sunday, June 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
“The Land of Moses: Robert Moses and Modern Long Island”
Joshua Ruff and Jonathan Olly, Long Island Museum curators
Community Church of East Williston

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