What Is the Long Nineteenth Amendment?

Endorsed by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) and Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600–2000

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Public History and Memory; Women's History


Evoking the way scholars think about the “long nineteenth century” and the “long civil rights movement,” the Schlesinger Library’s Long Nineteenth Amendment project aims to encourage scholarship about the entangled meanings of gender, race, and citizenship throughout American history. This roundtable will feature new work being conducted at the Schlesinger Library with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These projects are already redrawing the temporal, geographic, and conceptual boundaries of the Nineteenth Amendment by using new fields of research to rethink old histories about the still-unrealized promise of women’s citizenship in American public life.

Session Participants

Chair: Susan W. Ware, Independent scholar

Panelist: Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia

Panelist: Liette Gidlow, Wayne State University

Commentator: Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law, Harvard University

Panelist: Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut
Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University for the current academic year. She received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She taught at the University of Massachusetts for over twenty years where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed on faculty. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), which was named one of the ten best books on slavery in Politico in 2015 and featured in The New York Times 1619 Project recently. Her second book, the multiple-award winning The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016) was long listed for the National Book Award for Non Fiction. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including two year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2018, she was elected a member of the Society of American Historians and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris, Diderot. A historian of the long nineteenth century, her research interests lie specifically in the transnational histories of slavery, abolition, and feminism and the history and legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction. She is currently writing a book on the “greater reconstruction” of American democracy and capitalism after the Civil War, which is under contract with Basic Books

Panelist: Lisa Tetrault, Carnegie Mellon University