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Suffrage, But for Whom?

Suffrage in the United States

In Winning the Vote, Lisa Tetrault outlines the historical tensions surrounding the Nineteenth Amendment.  While abolitionists and suffragists shared many of the same values, the great schism created a divide that split the movement apart.  Despite the schism, Frederick Douglass continued to support suffrage for women. 

For decades, stories of Forgotten Suffragists were not recounted, leaving many (especially African American women) completely out of the story.  It is the hope with the centennial celebration that stories historically overlooked will be retold and therefore remembered.  In addition to the many untold stories of the suffragists, the Night of Terror on November 14-15 of 1917 is a tale rarely recounted in history texts.In the Call Your Girlfriend podcast episode of Votes for Women, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman talk with Lisa Tetrault as they apply a critical lens to the stories often told about how women gained the right to vote in the United States, ending their podcast with examples of how activists continue to fight for marginalized people under new waves of voter suppression. 

Critical Historical Perspectives of U.S. Suffrage

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