Life of Emma Smith Devoe

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US History 1302
Dr. Ross-Nazzal
April 29,2012

Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe. By Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011). xv + 256 pp. Reviewed by Zeeshan Ali, April 29,2012.

Life of Emma Smith DeVoe

In early American history, the right to vote was considered as an important part of liberty, but only men had that power. On the other side women consider as second-class citizen, who has no rights and most of the women spent their lives as housewife. As the time passed, women got united and created American suffrage movement and demanded their right. In 1856, when Susan B. Anthony asked Illinois audience, who among to support the female suffrage? Eight-year-old Emma Smith found her self-standing alone. Emma later remembered, “Everyone looked at me and laughed” she added, “I was embarrassed and red with the conspicuousness of it, and though my older sister was mortified to death and tugged at my skirt to make me sit down”(pg. 3). Later few adult rose and Anthony than said to the audience “A little child shall lead them”(pg. 3). It was not until she was in her forties, when she fully involved in the women suffrage. Emma DeVoe came from a Baptist, abolitionist family in Illinois and at a young age took she took interest in music and public singing. Author Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal narrates and analyzed Emma DeVoe’s life as a suffragist in American West and explain the problem and difficulties she faced while work with women suffrage movement to achieved the women right to vote in the west and at the federal level form 1880 to her death in 1927.

Emma father support her daughter courage, he was glad that “his daughter had the courage to stand up what she believed”(pg.3). Through out childhood days Emma learned to stand up for her belief, regardless of what other might think. Author Ross-Nazzal claim that Emma committed her self for women suffrage at the early age. Author...
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