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Women Will VoteWinning Suffrage in New York State$
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Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705557

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705557.001.0001

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A Fundamental Component

A Fundamental Component

Suffrage for African American Women

(p.71) Chapter 4 A Fundamental Component
Women Will Vote

Susan Goodier

Karen Pastorello

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at the story of black women in the New York State woman suffrage movement, which is marked by strained racial relations and exclusionary practices. Black women, like white women, saw the vote as a panacea, able to solve their specific problems relating to racial violence, education, employment, and workers' rights. Although white women seldom invited black women to join in their suffrage activities, black women found ways to advance the cause and participate in the movement. Indeed, pervasive racism complicated black women's suffrage activism, but it cannot diminish their contributions to mainstream suffragism. Rarely separating women's political rights from other fundamental rights, black women's suffrage activism showed creativity and ingenuity and did not always mirror white women's activist strategies. Ultimately, black women's influence on black male voters helped secure women's political enfranchisement in New York State.

Keywords:   black women, New York State woman suffrage movement, racial relations, exclusionary practices, racial violence, worker's rights, racism, suffrage activism, women's political rights, white women

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