Angels at Sunset

Women asserting their right to protest? Women jailed? Treated like common criminals?

Hello, welcome to the United States of the early 20th century. In 1913, they paraded in Washington, DC for the cause of women suffrage and they were booed, hissed, and cursed at. In 1917, they were arrested when they picketed the White House. They were not allowed a jury trial, thrown in prison, forced to eat contaminated food, and live in a filthy, unsanitary cell.  One jailed suffragist on a hunger strike had food forced down her throat. Another had her head bashed against a prison wall. Yet another had a heart attack.

Welcome to the United States of the 19th century, where married women were not allowed to sign contracts or own property (even it was theirs before marriage)–and, if divorced, had no right to their own children. They were discouraged from publicly speaking, from going to college, from having a profession, and from serving on a jury. And they were not allowed to vote–despite the fact that were taxed and subject to the laws made by representatives. (Recall how patriots of the Revolutionary War decried that “taxation without representation is tyranny?”)

Many people are not aware of the long wait of 144 years (from 1776 to 1920) that women had to endure just to be free to vote anywhere in the country. Many women today take for granted the rights that were denied them for so long. Many others don’t care to read a long, boring history about this event.  Welcome to “Angels at Sunset” which projects this history in a most entertaining and enlightening manner because it’s history disguised as a novel. Angels at Sunset tells you what these historical figures–such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul–were REALLY like. They will touch your heart and make you feel as if you are actually there witnessing all of this. It makes everything come alive.

Angels at Sunset is truly a well-written page-turner.  Author Tom Mach took it upon himself to get Kansas to recognize 2012 as the 100th anniversary of the passage of Kansas suffrage. As a result, the Kansas legislature passed, on April 25, 2012, a resolution commemorating the “Kansas Angels at Sunset Centennial.”


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