Ann Gordon: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers
Friday, October 12, 2018, 09:00am - 02:30pm
The 19th Amendment: Race, States' Rights, and the Voting Rights of American Women
October 12, 2018, 9am-2:30pm
Ann Gordon, Research Professor Emerita, Department of History, Rutgers University
The centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 2020 presents an opportunity to acknowledge the public history celebrations while exploring aspects of the history of voting rights that underlie that transformative moment and inform its contemporary significance. In this workshop, we'll consider themes and source materials that can enable teachers and students to make connections across these historical topics: 1. Are naturalized citizens the equals of native-born in their voting rights? Focus on 1870 Rhode Island. 2. The attempt by woman suffragists to achieve a citizen's right to vote during Reconstruction. Focus on the 1873 criminal trial of Susan B. Anthony. 3. Disfranchisement of African- American men in southern states. Focus on 1903 Virginia. 4. Who benefitted and who did not from the 19th Amendment? Focus on South Carolina. 5. Civil rights movement of 20th century. Focus on Georgia. 6. Where are we today?