NY Suffrage Writer Hits PBS in September

Writer Louise Bernikow uncovers the long Suffrage Campaign in New York City, a place she says &#8220where the urban landscape became a prop for incomparable political spectacle. The Statue of Liberty, the transit system, Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, parks and streetcorners&#8211 all became venues for a complicated, shifting alliance across lines of race and class, ending in a historic victory in 1917.&#8221

Bernikow will be featured in a segment on the PBS show &#8220History Detectives&#8221 that unearth the origins of a purple and gold &#8220Votes for Women&#8221 banner found in an upstate New York attic. Bernikow is the historical expert who explain how the winning of woman suffrage in New York in 1917 was the product of a new generation’s activism and a tipping point on the road to the 1920 passage of the federal amendment.

The show airs Tues, September 20th at 8pm. If you’d like to join a national network of &#8220Viewing Parties&#8221 in schools, clubs, historical societies, living rooms contact Bernikow at [email protected]


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