Fight of the Century: Alice Paul Battles Woodrow Wilson for the Vote

Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. Feb. 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781629799087.
Gr 2-5–Rosenstock explains the history of women’s suffrage and the eventual ratification of the 19th amendment in the form of a boxing match between activist Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson. The diligence and coordination of Paul and her supporters and their battle to win public support, especially in light of World War I, are portrayed in an enticing and accessible manner. The narrative framework works well to depict the struggles the suffragettes faced. It took nearly five years to convince President Wilson to support women’s voting rights. The full-color illustrations, rendered in muted tones, are reminiscent of vintage boxing posters and add to the boxing match aesthetic. The text provides substantial information in an approachable manner for young readers. An author’s note, a time line, and a plentiful bibliography present more details for those interested in delving deeper or conducting additional research.
VERDICT This title, especially with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment approaching, is likely to be a favorite for children interested in history and activism, as well as educators. A suggested purchase for all collections.

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