Monday, November 2, 2020

Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West by Neylan McBaine


Book: Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West

Author: Neylan McBaine

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: Pioneering the Vote takes a deep look at the Suffragette movement in the Western states, but particularly in Utah, the center of the Mormon religion. How would the home of a religion that practiced polygamy and preached a woman's subservience to her husband respond and react to a movement that demanded differently?

My rating: 5 Stars

My opinion: This book was BRILLIANT! Forget that it was chock full of well researched history that is little known to those who do high level research on the women's path to voting rights. The author took what could be considered a dry non-fiction writing and partnered it with fiction. This gave the figures much more "life" than simply writing about their accomplishments. At first, I wondered how it would work out and would it be cheesy. The author pulled it off masterfully.  

Source: Publisher for review through Netgalley

Would I recommend? Absolutely. Pioneering the Vote gave readers interesting insight into the movement from a specific region and the struggles they needed to work through. For those of us who have really focused on reading high level books on the movement, this book gave a nice deeper, bird's eye view to what was happening in a specific region, particularly one that could have been very difficult to convince . 

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone