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Antonia Petrash, a Long Island author who recently published "Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement," in her Glen Cove home on March 6, 2014, with memorabilia from the suffrage movement.(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

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LI's role in suffrage movement

Long Island may have been something of a backwater in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but it played a disproportionate role in the woman's suffrage movement in the state in which it was born. "The island is small in area, about 1,700 square miles, with a population that represented only about 4 percent of the state total," Antonia Petrash, of Glen Cove, writes in her book, "Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement." "It was then mostly agricultural in nature, far from the capital of Albany and even farther from the middle of the state, where much of the suffrage action was centered."

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