Monthly Archives: August 2011

History Lesson: The Ballot and Black Women

This story is too interesting, educational and important to pass up.

I found it on a Democratic-leaning blog, but the historical information in it transcends party.  In these years surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is important to recall the complex relationship between the struggles for political freedom by people disenfranchised by gender, people disenfranchised by race, and people deemed  the wrong race and gender to vote.

Sure, you know about Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt, and you may have heard of Ida Wells Barnett.  But what about Anna Julia Cooper?  How about the Alpha Club?  Read on…