Audio podcast #1: “Playing Politics with the President”

Doris StevensWe’re jumping forward to 1913 and following along with Doris Stevens in the audio podcast series, “Playing Politics with the President.” Stevens was an eyewitness to the suffrage movement and we’re fortunate to have the Librivox recording of “Jailed for Freedom” to slice into digestible audio bits of two minutes or less.

Podcast #1 starts with the story about U.S. President Woodrow Wilson arriving at the train station in Washington, DC in March of 1913 and asking “Where are the people?” after noticing that the station is virtually empty. The answer: ” On the avenue watching the suffragists parade” came the answer from an aide. Did it really happen this way? Suffrage activist Doris Stevens certainly wasn’t in the train station in the loop with Woodrow Wilson, but she was around long enough to fill an entire book about the suffrage movement and her perspective on it. “Jailed for Freedom” is a terrific basic text when discovering the suffrage movement. It’s also a quick and easy homework assignment for students.

So test the first podcast of the series. Just two minutes as you settle down with the audio and mark on your calendar that “Playing Politics with the President” is a nine-part series. It features access to the series of events that led up to the eventual decision by the National Woman’s Party to picket the White House to make the point of American women were determined to vote. YouTube has video selections from “Iron Jawed Angels” that features this same time period leading up to an increasing confrontation with President Woodrow Wilson. The YouTube selections will also be featured on Suffrage Wagon in the future. You’ll find these small audio chunks enjoyable and very informative. Photo of suffragist Doris Stevens, above.

New Podcast: “Playing Politics with the President.”

IN OTHER NEWS: There’s a tea house in Castle Rock, Colorado –the Regency Tea Room– that has a great article worth taking a look.  This posting makes the connection between the suffrage movement and tea houses, a subject we’ve given plenty of attention to over the past few years. Castle Rock is 28 miles from downtown Denver and 37 miles north of Colorado Springs.  It’s by reservation only. I haven’t been there, but it’s on my list.

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4 responses to “Audio podcast #1: “Playing Politics with the President”

  1. This is great! Loved the podcast! It really made me visualize the 10,000 women marching down the street with their banners demonstrating their right to vote. Can you imagine? In the podcast it says it really woke up the government…I bet it did!

    What I like is that these podcasts are small audio chunks and yet give you so much information. It really brings you into the event. Excellent! Thank you!!!

  2. Pingback: “Sister in Struggle”: Get to know suffragist Elizabeth Freeman | Suffrage Wagon News Channel: BLOG

  3. Amazing that such a small chunk of podcast can give you so much information and make you feel so much. I can’t imagine seeing 10,000 women congregated in one place for one purpose and then to see them all manhandled because they were not taken as seriously as they should have been.

  4. “Playing POlitics with the President” is a great series in audio. I am planning to use it with my students.

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