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A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington,… (edition 2002)

by Kathryn Lasky (Author)

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Title:A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (Dear America Series)
Authors:Kathryn Lasky (Author)
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2002), Edition: First Edition, 222 pages
Collections:Mrs. Alexander

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A Time for Courage : the Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen by Kathryn Lasky


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Characters: Kathleen (Kat), her mother (a suffragette), her sister (Nell), her cousin (Alma), her father, political figures of the day

Setting: Washington, DC

Theme: Suffragette movement in 1917

Genre: Historical Fiction - MS

Golden quote (optional): “Mother in jail. Life is full of awful surprised.”

Summary: 13 year-old Kathleen Bowen, also known as Kat, lives in Washington, D. C. with her family. The United States is involved in World War I and the women of the country are working towards getting the right to vote. Kat’s mother becomes very involved with the movement participating in the picket lines in front of the White House. Her sister leaves home (unannounced) for France to be an ambulance driver. Her extended family (cousin, aunt, and uncle) appear with their own troubles to add to Kat’s life. Kat keeps a diary and journals the events along with her feelings. Much to her horror, her mother is arrested for picketing and taken to jail. Her world feels like it is falling apart until her father assures her things will get better. And they do.

Audience: Middle School

Curriculum ties: U. S. History, women’s movement, U. S. government, English

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Personal response: I am a big fan of the Dear America series of historical fiction stories. The book is an easy read and the characters are believable. Kat is caught between events in U.S. History; World War I and the women’s right to vote movement. She manages as only a 13 year old can – she personalizes everything until she realizes events are bigger than her non-understanding of what is going on in the world. My favorite part in each book is the epilogue and historical notes. There is information about the main character (real vs fictitious) including pictures from the events of the time period. I love seeing the faces of my students (the girls) after they read these books. It is the best! ( )
  malydon | Mar 14, 2013 |
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 5, 2012 |
A diary account of 13 year-old Kathleen Bowen's life in Washinton D.C. in 1917, as she juggles concerns about the national battle for women's suffrage, the war in Europe and her own school work and family.
  hgcslibrary | Nov 29, 2009 |
It's 1917 in Washington, D.C, and as the Great War rages in Europe, thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen is caught up in a fight closer to home. Her mother, sister Nell, and Auntie Claire are suffragists, fighting for voting rights for women, to the disapproval of her Uncle Bayard and the worry of her father. Kat and her cousin Alma, who are the exact same age, want to help, but they are too young to join the picket line. As it begins to seem more and more likely that the United States will enter the war, life begins to change in other ways. Nell leaves to join the Women's Ambulance Corps in France, and Alma, desperate to escape after her parents' bitter divorce, runs away to England and becomes a Red Cross volunteer. But the worst hardship of all is still to come. Kat's mother is arrested, and Kat wonders how she will ever make it through this unbearable loneliness. I highly recommend this book to all fans of the Dear America series. Through this book you can learn a lot about the struggle for women's suffrage as well as life in America during World War I. ( )
  rebecca191 | Nov 12, 2008 |
This was a really interesting book. The girl's mom gose to picket so woman can vote. She also suffers because of this. ( )
  relax | Apr 15, 2008 |
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As the fight for women's suffrage heats up, Kathleen"Kat" Bowen gets to participate as her mother and her sister, and many others close to her organize and act to win the right to vote.

January 19, 1917
The picket line has been going on for over a week! And people said they would not last a day and the weather still has not broken. What's more is news of the picket is spreading and more and more women are coming from other parts of the district and some from as far away as
Maryland and Virginia. President Wilson felt so sorry for them in the cold that he invited them in for coffee but they refused. They said they would only come in to talk about a federal amendment for the women's right to vote. No coffee! This made me think of Sojourner Truth's words about men who help lift women into carriages and over mud puddles--that of course is the easy part, just like giving them coffee. Giving them the vote is the hard part.

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A diary account of thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen's life in Washington, D.C. in 1917, as she juggles concerns about the national battle for women's suffrage, the war in Europe, and her own school work and family. Includes a historical note.

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