Dr. Liette Gidlow wins 2019-2020 Mellon-Schlesinger Fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute

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Dr. Liette Gidlow has been awarded a 2019-2020 Mellon Schlesinger Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University as part of the Long Nineteenth Century Project, for her research on "The Nineteenth Amendment and the Politics of Race, 1920-1970." This is a study of the disfranchisement of American women after the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920 granted them suffrage.

Below are two examples of the kind of sources Gidlow has discovered documenting some women's continued disfranchisement. The first is a 1932 letter threatening a woman seeking to exercise her right to vote, after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The second is a the seal for the Ex-Soldiers' Co-Operative Association, a group of World War One veterans and their families from Birmingham, Alabama, who organized to press for voting rights.

Source:  Anonymous, c. October 1932. U.S. Department of Justice Central Files, RG 60, National Archives II, College Park, MD.Caption
The Ex-Soldiers’ Co-Operative Association of Birmingham, Alabama, organized World War I veterans and their families to press for African American voting rights.
Source:  Lula B. Murry to Department of Justice, January 2, 1926. U.S. Department of Justice Central Files, RG 60, National Archives II, College Park, MD.

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