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Author Materson, Lisa G.

Title For the freedom of her race : Black women and electoral politics in Illinois, 1877-1932 / Lisa G. Materson
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 344 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents 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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-320) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject African American churches -- Political aspects -- Illinois -- History.
African American women -- Political activity -- Illinois -- History.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Illinois -- History.
African Americans -- Migrations -- History.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- Illinois -- History.
Elections -- Illinois -- History.
Political parties -- United States -- History.
Sex role -- Political aspects -- Illinois -- History.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- To 1950.
Illinois -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0807894036 (electronic bk.)
1469605953 (electronic bk.)
9780807894033 (electronic bk.)
9781469605951 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)