American Social Leaders and Activists (American Biographies) by Neil A. Hamilton

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Ames moved to North Carolina in the 1940s and participated in Democratic politics. Crippled by arthritis, she returned to Texas to be near her daughter. She died on February 21, 1972, in Austin. ” Further Reading Alpern, Sarah, ed. The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992. Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd. Revolt against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign against Lynching. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979.

In the 1930s the federal government hired Baker through the Works Progress Administration to begin a consumer education project. In the middle of the decade she worked on the editorial staff of the American West Indian News and the Negro National News. About 1938 she married T. J. Roberts but kept her own name. Baker’s direct involvement in civil rights began in 1938 when she joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as a field secretary. In that post, she traveled throughout the South, raising money and recruiting members.

Matthiessen, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. New York: Viking, 1991. Avery, Rachel Foster (1858–1919) women’s suffragist Rachel Foster Avery, a friend and close associate of the suffragist SUSAN BROWNELL ANTHONY, worked to give women the right to vote. She was 26 Avery, Rachel Foster born Rachel Foster on December 30, 1858, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Quaker parents. In 1879 Foster attended the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) meeting as a delegate, where she met Anthony. The following year, she was elected the organization’s corresponding secretary, and in 1882 she directed the NWSA suffrage campaign in Nebraska.

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