‘Fifth Star’ by Jamie Capuzza talks about voting rights in Ohio

Before Ohio was even 30 years old, its women were advocating for the civil rights of others. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 stole land from Native Americans and displaced them, and 62 Steubenville women filed a petition voicing their objections to the injustice. In “The Fifth Star: Ohio’s Fight for Women’s Right to Vote,” Jamie C. Capuzza studies more than suffrage.

The landmark Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, at which Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott spoke, committed to temperance and women’s rights to own property and work. Others followed, notably the larger event in 1850 in Salem and in Akron in 1851, where Sojourner Truth famously delivered her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech.

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