Suffrage reconstructed: gender, race, and voting rights in the Civil War era

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"The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified on July 9, 1868, identified all legitimate voters as 'male.' In so doing, it added gender-specific language to the U.S. Constitution for the first time. Suffrage Reconstructed is the first book to consider how and why the amendment's authors made this decision. Vividly detailing congressional floor bickering and activist campaigning, Laura E. Free takes readers into the pre- and postwar fights over precisely who should have the right to vote. Free demonstrates that all men, black and white, were the ultimate victors of these fights, as gender became the single most important marker of voting rights during Reconstruction. Free argues that the Fourteenth Amendment's language was shaped by three key groups: African American activists who used ideas about manhood to claim black men's right to the ballot, postwar congressmen who sought to justify enfranchising southern black men, and women's rights advocates who began to petition Congress for the ballot for the first time as the Amendment was being drafted. To prevent women's inadvertent enfranchisement, and to incorporate formerly disfranchised black men into the voting polity, the Fourteenth Amendment's congressional authors turned to gender to define the new American voter. Faced with this exclusion some woman suffragists, most notably Elizabeth Cady Stanton, turned to rhetorical racism in order to mount a campaign against sex as a determinant of one's capacity to vote. Stanton's actions caused a rift with Frederick Douglass and a schism in the fledgling woman suffrage movement. By integrating gender analysis and political history, Suffrage Reconstructed offers a new interpretation of the Civil War-era remaking of American democracy, placing African American activists and women's rights advocates at the heart of nineteenth-century American conversations about public policy, civil rights, and the franchise."--Publisher's Web site.
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African Americans -- Suffrage
African Americans -- Suffrage -- History -- 19th century
Afro-amerikaner -- historia
Constitution (United States)
Electronic books
HISTORY -- African American
History
Kvinnora?tt -- historia
Kvinnorätt -- historia
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Elections
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General
Politics and government
Ro?stra?tt -- historia
Rösträtt -- historia
Suffrage
Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 19th century
United States
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century
United States. -- Constitution. -- 14th Amendment
Women -- Suffrage
Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Women's rights
Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 19th century
title_displaySuffrage reconstructed : gender, race, and voting rights in the Civil War era
title_fullSuffrage reconstructed : gender, race, and voting rights in the Civil War era / Laura E. Free
Suffrage reconstructed : gender, race, and voting rights in the Civil War era [electronic resource] / Laura E. Free
title_shortSuffrage reconstructed
title_subgender, race, and voting rights in the Civil War era
topic_facetAfrican American
African Americans
Afro-amerikaner
Elections
Electronic books
General
HISTORY
History
Kvinnora?tt
Kvinnorätt
POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political Process
Politics and government
Ro?stra?tt
Rösträtt
Suffrage
Women
Women's rights
historia