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Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-320) and index.
Tomorrow you will go to the polls : women's voting in Chicago in 1894 -- Because her parents had never had the chance : southern migrant politics during the 1910s -- Profit from the mistakes of men : national party politics, 1920-1924 -- The prohibition issue as a smoke screen : the failure of racial uplift ideology and the 1928 election -- Political reconstruction for themselves and their daughters : the campaigns of Ruth Hanna McCormick, 1927-1930.
Focusing on Chicago and downstate Illinois politics during the incredibly oppressive decades between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932--a period that is often described as the nadir of black life in America--Lisa Materson demonstrates the impact that migrating southern black women had on midwestern and national politics, first in the Republican Party and later in the Democratic Party. Materson shows that as African American women migrated beyond the reach of southern white supremacists, they became active voters, canvassers, suffragists, campa.
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