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Front Pages, Front LinesMedia and the Fight for Women's Suffrage$
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Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, and Brooke Kroeger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043109

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043109.001.0001

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Writing and “Righting”

Writing and “Righting”

African American Women Seek the Vote

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Front Pages, Front Lines

Robin Mazyck Sundaramoorthy

Jinx Coleman Broussard

University of Illinois Press

While the suffrage movement has largely been viewed through the lens of white women fighting for the vote, African American women were very much a part of the movement. Some of these women were suffrage advocates and journalists; others were activists in other arenas. Many black suffragists viewed the vote as a way of elevating their race, and the black press helped these women spread their message. Although it provided lackluster support for the suffrage movement, the black press gave considerable attention to the topic. It gave voice to those who supported the cause and those who were adamantly against it. This chapter focuses on the contributions and writings of prosuffrage journalists such as Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Bettiola Fortson, and others covered by the black press. It assesses the public lives and work of these women who had to consider both race and gender as they spoke up and out for those who could not speak for themselves.

Keywords:   black press, civil rights, race women, double discrimination, Jim Crow, public sphere, intersectionality

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