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Saturday, October 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fighting for the Right to Vote: From Women’s Suffrage to Voter IDs

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Although most Americans regard the right to vote as essential to democracy, voting rights have been, and continue to be, a contested issue. In honor of the upcoming anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, the BBF presents a session dedicated to the subject of voting rights and the movements and people who have championed the cause. Susan Ware’s Why They Marched profiles nineteen of the largely overlooked women of diverse background and race who crusaded for women’s suffrage, a right that took a hundred years to win. Their stories provide insights into the ecosystem of the abolitionist, feminist, worker’s rights, and suffrage movements. Holly Jackson, whose American Radicals has been called an “electric debut” by Publishers Weekly, provides context by discussing radical American movements with a focus on those that reshaped American life, including the women’s rights movement. In Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?, Tina Cassidy describes the heroic efforts of a young Quaker woman, Alice Paul, who used radical tactics borrowed from the British suffragettes. Paul’s efforts were inclusive of black women, even as the movement subtly endorsed the strategy of using women’s suffrage as a bulwark against the votes of blacks and immigrants. Gloria Browne-Marshall’s book, The Voting Rights War, covers the NAACP’s fight to bring voting rights cases before the Supreme Court. From the 1896 Plessy v Ferguson to today’s battles over felony disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, and photo ID laws, the NAACP has been a prominent advocate for extending and defending voting rights. Join our panel of experts in a spirited discussion of this perennially timely issue, moderated by Colby College professor Lydia Moland, author of the forthcoming Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism.

Moderators
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Lydia Moland

Lydia Moland is an associate professor of philosophy at Colby College. She is the author of Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, National Identity, Cosmopolitanism and numerous articles on Hegel’s political philosophy and the philosophy of art. Moland has received fellowships... Read More →

Presenters
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Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is an associate professor of constitutional law at John Jay College (CUNY) and a civil rights attorney. She is an award-winning legal correspondent, a playwright, and a member of the National Press Club. She has appeared on BBC, CNN, CBS, NPR, C-SPAN, and... Read More →
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Holly Jackson

Holly Jackson is an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her writing on US cultural history has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, as well as a number of scholarly publications. Her book, American Radicals... Read More →
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Susan Ware

Susan Ware is a pioneer in women's history and a leading feminist biographer whom the New Yorker called "an appealing writer." She is the author and editor of several books on twentieth-century US history, including Forgotten Heroes: Inspiring American Portraits from Our Leading Historians... Read More →
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Tina Cassidy

Tina Cassidy is a writer and the chief marketing officer of WGBH. A former journalist who spent the majority of her career covering business, fashion, and politics at the Boston Globe, Cassidy now writes about women and culture. She is the author of Birth: The Surprising History of... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Trinity Forum 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA, 02116

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