by Marguerite Kearns

I wrote the book, “An Unfinished Revolution” because if I didn’t, no one would have. I chose what I believed would be an “easy” book for starters. I found out quickly that women’s rights as a topic, even its history, isn’t easy. Even the fact that I waited to begin the documentation wasn’t a process I would ever call streamlined. Although I attempt to inspire others to also write about family members, there are complications in sharing a work such as mine.

I had to research the characters—my grandmother Edna, my grandfather Wilmer, and the various family members. The genealogy expressed in the family tree had already been completed by my mother and others years before.


Finding out who qualifies can represent a long process, especially when recreating a world featuring private lives and priorities in a world that didn’t welcome their experiments with equality in their marriage, as well as the endless chores associated with raising two daughters, my aunt Serena and my mother Wilma. So many  donated their lives, without their permission, for me to trace the pain and contradictions of being young at the turn of the 20th century.

That’s why I took a risk and waited, so I could have editorial freedom. Not that anyone cares, now or then. It was a different world they inhabited. And even though they might not recognize me today, they influenced me in a profound way. The road was long and complicated when searching for the pieces and lining up facts and character descriptions in consecutive order.


My mother stood firm that I not mention my grandmother’s first menstrual period in 1895. It was too good of a tale to leave behind, although some anecdotes were spared the light of day. My family members deserved some degree of privacy after all. But the writing and editing waited for my return to it—all the boxes of research and notes I took on our many journeys into the unknown I took with my mother Wilma to tell the basics. We worked together for most of a decade, with the two of us visiting locations, attending events, gathering history, some of which resisted along the way. If I hadn’t persisted, the photos and interpretation would have been lost.


“The completion of the process shows why you are the way you are,” remarked my friend Safiya, not long after the publication by SUNY Press (State University of New York). She views this work as the writing leading up to my opus about the years I lived in Woodstock, NY. The process culminated back then in shipping the Spirit of 1776 horse-drawn campaign wagon from the Philadelphia area back to New York State where it is now, in the permanent collection of the New York State Museum in Albany, New York.

That’s what we’re doing now. Sending support and appreciation to the state institution to prepare and place the historic artifact on permanent exhibition by 2024. Have you added your name to many others who have contacted the museum to go on the record with your support and thanks?

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