African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920 (BOK)

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn

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This study of African American women's roles in the suffrage movement breaks new ground. Rosalyn Terborg-Penn draws from many original documents to take a comprehensive look at the African American women who sought the right to vote. She discovers numerous Black suffragists previously unknown. Analyzing the womenOs own stories, she examines why they joined the woman suffrage movement in the United States and how they participated in itNwith white women, Black men, as members of African American womenOs organizations, or simultaneously in all three. Terborg-Penn further discusses their various levels of interaction and types of feminist philosophy. Noting that not all African American woman suffragists were from elite circles, Terborg-Penn finds representation from working-class and professional women as well. They came from all parts of the nation. Some employed radical, others conservative means to gain the right to vote. Black women, however, were unified in working to use the ballot to improve not only their own status, but the lives of Black people in their communities. Drawing from innumerable sources, Terborg-Penn argues that sexism and racism prevented African American women from voting and from full participation in the national suffrage movement. Following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, state governments in the South, enacted policies which disfranchised African American women, with many white suffragists closing their eyes to the discriminatory acts. Despite efforts to keep Black women politically powerless, Terborg-Penn contends that the Black suffrage was a source of empowerment. Every political and racial effort to keep African American women disfranchised met with their active resistance until Black women achieved full citizenship.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 1998 Forfatter Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
ISBN 9780253211767
Antall sider 208 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 1,1cm
Vekt 299 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Black & Asian studies, Human rights, Gender studies: women, Elections & referenda