The Weight of Their Votes: Southern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s

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Description: The Nineteenth Amendment, Schuyler explains, increased the voter registration of both African American women and men, which directly challenged white supremacy and the southern Democratic hold on the electorate. African American women organized voter registration clubs, educated their communities about voting mies and regulations, established "citizenship schools," and bravely endured violence and threats by whites at the polls. [...] it was assumed that African American women would unquestionably adhere to the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, because of race loyalty and due to the fact that southern Democratic power rested upon the pillar of white supremacy.
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