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  • Martha S. Jones on Black Women & the Suffrage Movement


  • Historian Martha S. Jones will discuss her recent book: "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All," which tells the history of Black women activists that is too-frequently left out of accounts of the struggles for racial and gender equality in the U.S. Jones writes about trailblazing activists like Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Fannie Lou Hamer and the political battles they fought against unjust systems. John Haskell will interview Jones on the book and its lessons for today???s political world.

Event Date

  • February 23, 2021


  • -  Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, professor of history, and a professor at the SNF Agora Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. In addition to "Vanguard," Jones is the author of "Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America," which won the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Award, the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize, the American Society for Legal History John Phillip Reid book award, and the Baltimore City Historical Society Scholars honor for 2020. Jones is also author of "All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900" and a coeditor of "Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women."
  • -  John Haskell is director of the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress.

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  • 27 minutes 15 seconds

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