Author To Speak At Union Library

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UNION — The League of Women Voters of the Union Area and the Union Public Library will co-host a talk and book-signing by Mary Walton, author of a new biography of Alice Paul, at the library at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

Walton’s “A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot,” was released in August, the month marking the 90th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the vote.

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The author, a graduate of Harvard University and one-time social worker and community organizer, is a former newspaperwoman. She began her writing career with the Charleston, W.Va., Gazette before becoming a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she wrote features for the Sunday magazine. She also has written for the New York Times, American Journalism Review and Washingtonian, the Washington Monthly. She and her husband, Charles Layton, live in Ocean Grove.

The new biography of Alice Paul is Walton’s fourth non-fiction book. Among the others is “Car: A Drama of the American Workplace,” which was praised by the New York Times as a “rare business book that is a page turner.”

Though not as well known as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul was one of the major fighters for the vote for women in the years leading to the adoption of the 19th Amendment.

A New Jersey Quaker who spent her childhood in Mount Laurel, Paul led a militant wing of the suffrage movement from 1913 to 1920. She and her followers were the first to picket the White House; they were arrested and, when they went on hunger strikes, they were force-fed and brutalized. Throughout this period, however, they continued their non-violent campaign for the vote for women.

The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Ave., Union. The telephone number is (908) 851-5452 and the library’s website is http://www.youseemore.com/UnionPL/default.asp.

The LWV of the Union Area, which is comprised of the former Union, Cranford and Linden Leagues, also includes residents of Springfield, Westfield and other area communities. League membership is open to all interested citizens 18 years of age and older. Further information is available by calling (908) 925-9784 or (908) 687-4285 or visiting www.lwvnj.org.


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