ANGELICA, NY — The final discussion in the Votes for Women! 19th Amendment Book Club will be conducted through a free phone conferencing service Thursday at 6 p.m.

The title is "A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot" by Mary Walton. Rusty Tobin of Belmont will facilitate the discussion. Anyone wishing to join the discussion can dial 515-606-571 a few moments before 6 p.m. The access code is 498139. 

The four-part monthly book club, sponsored by Angelica Community Radio, met in person for its first session at the end of February. Because of coronavirus precautions, the March and April meetings were conducted by phone.

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The club's scheduled final events for this last week in May, a Suffrage Tea served by the Catherine Schuyler chapter of the D.A.R., a film screening and a dramatic portrayal of Susan B. Anthony, will be rescheduled.  

In her book, Walton details the life of Alice Stokes Paul (1885-1977), from her childhood as a bookish girl born on an active farm in southern New Jersey to her suffrage work in England and the United States. She spearheaded the “Silent Sentinels,” who were the first to picket in front of the White House, leading the final fight to pass the 19th Amendment and grant women the right to vote in the United States. Book club organizers say that Walton's book is well-researched and written and "will leave you inspired and encouraged by the life of this fiery suffragist."

The book club is made possible in part with funds from Humanities NY, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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