You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

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Text Publishing Company, Oct 1, 2018 - History - 560 pages
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• Part two in the Democracy Trilogy by the internationally-renowned and Stella Prize-winning author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright
You Daughters of Freedom follows from The Forgotten Rebels to form Part 2 of Clare Wright’s Democracy Trilogy: a project to redefine Australian democracy as socially (if not racially) progressive. In Clare’s words: ‘the case is often made that we owe our existence as a free nation to militarism. Here is an evidence-based argument that we don’t.’
• In the ten years following Federation, Australia led the world. Its social policies were enlightened, its labour movement was ascendant and its women were entitled not just to vote but to run for election.
• This book follows five of the Australian ‘daughters of freedom’ who returned to the mother country to offer their leadership, experience and example. It was this period, culminating in 1911, that Wright argues constitutes Australia’s real journey to nationhood.
• This is another groundbreaking work of storytelling and scholarship from Clare Wright that forms part of her ongoing project to write women back into Australian history, and radically transform our national myths about late 19th and early 20th century Australia.
• Clare Wright is an Australian icon—a revered scholar of history, as well as an author and broadcaster. Audiences know and adore her from appearances on ABC and SBS television, including her Radio National program Shooting the Past, and regular public appearances across Australia and New Zealand.
• This will be a beautiful hardback edition with full colour plates, and subject to a major publicity and marketing campaign from Text

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About the author (2018)

Dr Clare Wright is an award-winning historian and author who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her most recent book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Award for Literature and was shortlisted for many other awards.

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