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Let's Talk About It: Women's Suffrage

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August 2022 Program

"The Once and Future Witches" cover

The Once and Future Witches

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Room 105, John Vaughan Library, NSU-Tahlequah

3:30 PM

LTAI: Women's Suffrage is a humanities discussion project from the American Library Association (ALA) and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

About the Book

Further Reading

Discussion Questions

Use the questions below to guide your reading and prepare for the session. (All discussion questions provided by the ALA.)

  1. How does Harrow use magic as a metaphor for suffrage? Based on what you’ve learned about the suffrage movement in our other texts, do the parallels she draws between women fighting for the vote and women historically persecuted for witchcraft resonate?
  2. How do Harrow’s revisioned fairy tales help her tell this story?
  3. How does Harrow deal with the unique struggles of Black women for voting rights and representation within the larger suffrage movement?
  4. What role do labor rights and labor rights activists play in the novel?
  5. Where do you see references to actual events in US labor history? Does the intersection of the suffrage and labor movements reflect their real-life convergences and conflicts?
  6. What role does the press play in the novel? How do different newspapers report on the events in New Salem, and how do their headlines and stories move the plot forward?

Additional Resources

Web Resources

Salem Witch Trials