Fighting Chance: The Struggle Over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jul 13, 2011 - History - 287 pages
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The advocates of woman suffrage and black suffrage came to a bitter falling-out in the midst of Reconstruction, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton opposed the 15th Amendment for granting black men the right to vote but not women. How did these two causes, so long allied, come to this? In a lively narrative of insider politics, betrayal, deception, and personal conflict, Fighting Chance offers fresh answers to this question and reveals that racism was not the only cause, but that the outcome also depended heavily on money and political maneuver.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Age Is Ripe for the Woman Question
13
2 Black Rights Womens Rights and Civil War
39
3 The Negros Hour
61
4 The Struggle for Equal Rights
88
5 Kansas
108
6 Revolutionary Journalism and Political Opportunism
133
7 The Fight over the Fifteenth Amendment
161
Conclusion
189
Abbreviations
199
Notes
201
Selected Bibliography
265
Index
275
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Faye E. Dudden is Professor of History at Colgate University. Her previous books include Serving Women: Household Service in Nineteenth-Century America and Women in the American Theatre: Actresses and Audiences, 1790-1870, which won the George Freedley Memorial Prize.

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