How have African Americans voted over time? What types of candidates and issues have been effective in drawing people to vote? These are just two of the questions that The African American Electorate: A Statistical History attempts to answer by bringing together all of the extant, fugitive, and recently discovered registration data on African American voters from Colonial America to the present. This pioneering work also traces the history of the laws dealing with enfranchisement and disenfranchisement of African Americans and provides the election return data for African American candidates in national and subnational elections over this same time span. Combining insightful narrative, tabular data, and original maps, The African American Electorate offers students and researchers the opportunity, for the first time, to explore the relationship between voters and political candidates, identify critical variables, and situate African Americans’ voting behavior and political phenomena in the context of America’s political history.

Chapter 20: The Enfranchisement of African American Women, 1669–1921

Chapter 20: The enfranchisement of African American women, 1669–1921

Long before the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, women's struggle to acquire this right began prior to the Civil War and the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment. In fact, the latter amendment, which granted suffrage rights to African American males, became a spur to ...

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