“We Demand: The Suffrage Road Trip” With Author & Historian Anne B. Gass
Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The library welcomes back author and historian Anne B. Gass for an online presentation about her new novel, “We Demand: The Suffrage Road Trip.” The book is based on the true story of a 1915 road trip for the suffrage cause. Email email@example.com to request a Zoom link to attend.
Book description: Middle-aged Swedish immigrants Ingeborg Kindstedt and Maria Kindberg visit San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition in the summer of 1915, planning to buy a car and have a leisurely drive back to their home in Rhode Island. On impulse, they volunteer to bring along two envoys heading to Washington, DC to demand votes for women from President Woodrow Wilson and Congress. Soon they are plunged into a difficult and dangerous journey that pushes them to the very limits of their endurance. Over primitive, poorly-signed roads and through blazing heat, biting cold, rain, and snow, they battle their way across the country.
Along the way they encounter unexpected allies, as well as those who oppose women’s growing independence. They meet labor activist Joe Hill, Black suffrage and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells Barnett, and civil rights attorney Clarence Darrow. Their faith in their adopted country is tested as they grapple with America’s racial politics, and see growing intolerance toward immigrants and working people. Will they- and the petitions- surmount these obstacles and arrive in Washington DC at the appointed day and time?
Anne B. Gass is an independent historian with a passion for sharing the history of women’s fight for voting and other rights. No surprising, since she is descended from suffragists. In 2014 she published Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, a thoroughly researched account of her great-grandmother’s leadership in the decisive final years of the suffrage battle.
Gass lectures on suffrage and women’s rights history at schools, colleges, museums, historical societies, and other venues. She is in women’s history and women’s rights groups in Maine and nationally.