The Voice of Liberty

A picture book by Angelica Shirley Carpenter
South Dakota Historical Society Press, September 2020

In 1886 Lillie Devereux Blake, her daughter Katie, and their friend Matilda Joslyn Gage decided to protest at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Why? They thought it wrong for Liberty to be portrayed as a woman when women could not even vote in the United States. As officers of the state suffrage association, they applied to speak at the ceremony but the answer was no. They did get permission to sail in the naval parade, but with only four dollars in the treasury, how could they pay a hundred dollars to rent a boat? And the only boat still available was a dirty, smelly cattle barge.

With charming illustrations by Edwin Fotheringham, this book tells how dedicated women gave the beautiful statue a voice—The Voice of Liberty!

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