This special edition of Forthright Radio for August 26, 2020, celebrates the Centennial of the signing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution on August 26, 1920, after the very long, very hard struggle by women of different races and backgrounds to win the right to vote.
As our guest, Professor Martha S. Jones reminds us, this struggle is not over.
Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian, whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.
Professor Jones is the author most recently of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, which will be published by Basic Books on September 8, 2020.
Her other books include Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), winner of numerous prestigious awards, and All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900, and a coeditor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women.
Professor Jones currently serves as a Co-president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and on the Executive Board of the Society of American Historians.
Other articles relating to the struggle for suffrage or pertinent to this interview include:
Black women in politics are no longer a ‘first.’ They are a force. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/13/black-women-politics-are-no-longer-first-they-are-force/?hpid=hp_save-opinions-float-right-4-0_opinion-card-a-right%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans
How Native American Women Inspired the Women’s Rights Movement https://www.womensvote100.org/the-suff-buffs-blog/2020/4/17/how-native-american-women-inspired-the-womens-rights-movement
In Women’s Suffrage, a Spotlight for Unsung Pioneers https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/insider/suffrage-anniversary.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=Reader%20Center
20 Suffragists To Know for 2020 https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/20-for-2020.htm
It’s Time The ‘Truth Be Told’ About Black Women’s Leadership In The Fight For The Vote https://www.forbes.com/sites/marianneschnall/2020/08/05/its-time-the-truth-be-told-about-black-womens-leadership-in-the-fight-for-the-vote/#7342dc855915
Sojourner Truth https://www.nps.gov/people/sojourner-truth.htm
Ida B. Wells https://www.nps.gov/people/idabwells.htm
Nannie Helen Burroughs https://www.nps.gov/people/nannie-helen-burroughs.htm
Mary McLeod Bethune https://www.nps.gov/people/mary-mcleod-bethune.htm
Septima Poinsette Clark https://www.nps.gov/people/septimapoinsetteclark.htm
Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee https://www.nps.gov/people/mabel-lee.htm
Tye Leung Schulze https://www.nps.gov/people/tye-leung-schulze.htm
Zitkala-Ša (Red Bird / Gertrude Simmons Bonnin) https://www.nps.gov/people/zitkala-sa.htm
Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin https://www.nps.gov/people/marie-louise-bottineau-baldwin.htm
Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann Dowsett https://www.nps.gov/people/wilhelmina-kekelaokalaninui-widemann-dowsett.htm
Rose Schneiderman https://www.nps.gov/people/rose-schneiderman.htm
The 19th Amendment: An Important Milestone in an Unfinished Journey https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/15/opinion/19th-amendment-centennial-suffrage.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
The 19th amendment is a reminder that the right to vote is unfinished business https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/18/the-19th-amendment-is-a-reminder-that-the-right-to-vote-is-unfinished-business
The Women Who Fought Against the Vote https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/us/anti-suffrage-movement-vote.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage
In 1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here’s What’s Next. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/style/19th-amendment-native-womens-suffrage.html?searchResultPosition=1
Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/obituaries/charlotta-bass-vice-president-overlooked.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage
What ‘The New York Times’ Won’t Tell You About Woman Suffrage https://www.thenation.com/article/society/new-york-times-suffrage/