The Long Nineteenth Amendment

The genealogy of the long Nineteenth amendment must begin with pioneering abolitionist feminists, black and white, and their intersectional understanding of women's rights.

Lecture Description

Sinha’s talk illuminates the forgotten origins of the women’s suffrage movement in the abolition movement and reconsider the break between abolitionists and some feminists after the Civil War. It shows how the Reconstruction constitutional amendments opened a path to women’s suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment. Despite black disenfranchisement, the Nineteenth Amendment eventually paved the way for black women to emerge as the most progressive voting block in American politics.


Civil War and Reconstruction Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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