The Voice of Liberty

The Voice of Liberty


$19.95, Hardback
ISBN: 978-1-941813-24-9

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"When unveiled in New York Harbor in 1886, the statue of a woman became the symbol of American liberty. At the time, real women had few freedoms. . . . This lively account of the events should appeal to readers interested in the Statue of Liberty or women's history. The clipped prose and vigorous efforts of the stalwart women promote fast-paced reading and dramatize some particulars of the momentous celebration. Bold, colorful, energetic illustrations capture time and place well. . . . Extras include facts about these suffragists and Lady Liberty, a timeline, bibliography, author's note, and dialogue sources. A fine tribute as 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment."—Kirkus Reviews 

In 1886, the Statue of Liberty came to America.

If Liberty had been a real woman, she would have had no voice in her new country. She could not vote or run for office.

The men in charge of unveiling the statue in New York Harbor even declared that women could not set foot on the island during the welcoming ceremony.

That did not stop New York suffragists Matilda Joslyn Gage, Lillie Devereux Blake, and Katherine (“Katie”) Devereux Blake. They wanted women to have the liberty to vote and participate in government. They were determined to give the new statue a voice. But, first, they had to find a boat.

Matilda, Lillie, and Katie organized hundreds of people and sailed a cattle barge to the front of the day’s ceremony—making news and raising their voices for LIBERTY.

An interview with Rise: A Children's Literacy Journal


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