96 pages, 6 x 9" trade paperback, 2015
with over 24 photographs $14.95
ISBN 9780977009527 LC 201493850
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"This is a vivid, engaging account of a young woman who filled her short life with activity and meaning."
Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr tells the story of 30-year-old New York attorney's final speaking tour of the western states campaigning for Votes for Women. Refusing to stop despite failing health, Inez collapsed on a Los Angeles stage and died a month later of pernicious anemia. Her comrades proclaimed her a martyr to the cause of women's rights and honored her memory with a great Memorial in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol on Christmas Day 1916.
Remembering Inez contains articles and memories, her eulogy by suffragist Maud Younger, and the classic speech that Inez refined during her final weeks, her "Appeal to the Women Voters of the West." The book includes over 24 photographs of Inez and her times and closes with a poem in her memory by Carl Sandburg.
School Library Journal - February 2015 Starred Review
Cooney, Robert P. J., Jr. Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr. 96 p. American Graphic. Mar. 2015. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9780977009527. LC 201493850.
Gr 9 Up – When a friend spoke at suffragist Inez Milholland’s funeral in 1916, she said that Inez “is one around whom legends will grow up.” In her time, certainly, Milholland was a celebrity. Young, beautiful, rich, and articulate, she was a passionate and active proponent of women’s suffrage. Somehow, her name is lesser known compared with her predecessors, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and her contemporary Alice Paul. Even though Milholland died when she was 30, her contributions to the cause of women’s suffrage are immeasurable. This slim volume consists largely of articles, speeches, and resolutions from issues of the magazine The Suffragist, all of which concern Milholland’s background, character, beliefs, and work.
The excerpts are accessible to modern-day readers, being largely devoid of the stiff, formal language common in writings of the day. Cooney’s introduction provides ballast to the laudatory articles, pointing out aspects of Milholland’s life that were controversial, especially her advocacy of socialism and free love. In addition, Cooney describes in brief the political clime of the nation, couching Milholland’s attitudes and actions in a larger historical context. The illustrations consist of black-and-white archival photos. The well-curated images depict suffragist promotional materials of the day and Milholland and other women participating in protests.
VERDICT This is a vivid, engaging account of a young woman who filled her short life with activity and meaning. Perhaps this book will bring Milholland’s life and works back into the spotlight. – Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
For more information on this book, and background on Inez, visit RememberingInez.com.