Voices without Votes

 Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray, Voices without Votes: Women and Politics in Antebellum New England (Durham: University of New Hampshire Press by the University Press of New England, 2010).

Based on meticulous and original archival research, this study definitively shows that despite contemporary "woman's sphere" prescriptions advising them to stay out of public affairs, a number of New England women in the antebellum era amply demonstrated political consciousness and proffered partisan opinions with little social reprobation for having overstepped their "proper" role. Voices without Votes rescues the "voices" of these women who, though barred from voting, nevertheless thought and acted in a deeply political manner. This long-awaited volume offers a startling counter to the traditional view that antebellum politics was solely a man's world. 

Voices without Votes won the 2011 Everett Lee Hunt Award of the Eastern Communication Association, and its research was given Honorable Mention by the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize Committee of the Catt Center at Iowa State University.  A paper based on one of its chapters was honored with the Wrage-Baskerville Award for Top Contributed Paper by the Public Address Division at the 96th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association in 2010.