Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the Long March for Women’s Rights

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In February 1913 young firebrand activist “General” Rosalie Gardiner Jones defied convention and the doubts of better-known suffragists such as Alice Paul, Jane Addams, and Carrie Chapman Catt to muster an unprecedented equal rights army. Jones and “Colonel” Ida Craft marched 250 miles at the head of their all-volunteer platoon, advancing from New York City to Washington, DC in the dead of winter, in what was believed to be the longest dedicated women’s rights march in American history. Along the way their band of protestors overcame violence, intimidation, and bigotry, their every step documented by journalist-embeds who followed the self-styled army down far-flung rural roads and into busy urban centers bristling with admiration and enmity. At march’s end in Washington, more than 100,000 spectators cheered and jeered Rosalie’s army in a reception said to rival a president’s inauguration.
This first-ever book-length biography details Jones’s indomitable and original brand of boots-on-the-ground activism, from the 1913 March on Washington that brought her international fame to later-life campaigns for progressive reform in the American West and on her native Long Island. Consistently at odds with conservatives and conformists, the fiercely independent Jones was a prototypical social justice warrior, one who never stopped marching to her own drummer. Long after retiring her equal rights army, Jones advocated nonviolence and fair trade, authored a book on economics and international peace, and ran for Congress, earning a law degree, a PhD, and a lifelong reputation as a tireless defender of the dispossessed.

About the Author(s)

Zachary Michael Jack is a professor of English at North Central College, in Naperville, Illinois, teaching courses in public writing, leadership, ethics, and values. A member of the board of directors of the Midwestern History Association (MHA), he leads Writing to Change the World workshops nationwide.

Bibliographic Details

Zachary Michael Jack
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 278
Bibliographic Info: 46 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8116-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3933-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface: In the Footsteps of Rosalie Gardiner Jones 1
Introduction: Rosalie’s Army Marches Anew 7
1. Rosalie’s Army 11
2. General Jones Prepares for War 31
3. Mustering in Manhattan 45
4. A Rough Road in New Jersey 60
5. Love and War 69
6. Cheers and Jeers in the City of Sisterly Love 80
7. In the Footsteps of America’s General 89
8. A Soldier’s Rest in Wilmington 99
9. Marching on Maryland 116
10. Militancy and ­Mud-slinging 129
11. Rebels Reach Baltimore 138
12. Marching to Their Own Drummer 156
13. General Jones Goes to Washington 167
14. Winning the Vote 185
15. Life After Generaling 214
Chapter Notes 239
Bibliography 259
Index 267

Book Reviews & Awards

“The extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman in extraordinary times. Meticulously researched, impressively well-written, exceptional in both organization and presentation, Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the Long March for Women’s Rights is an especially recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university libraries.”—Midwest Book Review