plunged into a difficult and dangerous journey

Historian Anne B. Gass book talk: ‘Suffrage Road Trip’

The Camden Public Library welcomes back author and historian Anne B. Gass on Thursday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m., 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. 

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The novel is about middle-aged Swedish immigrants Ingeborg Kindstedt and Maria Kindberg, who visit San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition in the summer of 1915. They plan 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, D.C. 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.

Anne B. Gass is an independent historian with a passion for sharing the history of women’s fight for voting and other rights. The library hosted Gass for a talk in 2020, as part of a Suffrage Centennial series. She discussed her 2014 book 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 involved with women’s history and women’s rights groups in Maine and nationally.         

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Thu, 06/24/2021 - 6:30pm

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