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Searching for Suffrage - Book Talk with Author Kimberly Hamlin
March 9, 2021 - 12:00 PM EST

In honor of Women’s History Month, join Manuscript Division experts for a discussion with Dr. Kimberly A. Hamlin about her new book, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2020).

Hamlin is Associate Professor of History at Miami University in Ohio and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Research for Free Thinker was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. The book details Gardener’s life as a “fallen woman,” who confronted restrictive social mores at an early age, and tracks her growing activism for women’s rights that culminated in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and her appointment by President Woodrow Wilson as the highest ranking female civil servant in the federal government. 

The discussion will demonstrate how researchers search for relevant materials and make important discoveries within the Manuscript Division’s women’s history, presidential, and congressional collections. 


This event will take place via Zoom. You will receive the connection information prior to the event.

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.

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