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How did activists, who lacked rights, power, and resources, manage to organize, build, and finance a movement to give women the right to vote?

On the eve of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, this course will examine the eighty-year woman suffrage campaign, consider the formation of historical memory, and explore the issues and controversies surrounding past and current commemorations.

We will pay particular attention to questions such as, why did the 15th Amendment cause a bitter schism within the movement? How did the movement, which was largely led by white, native-born, literate, Protestant women, interact with African Americans, immigrants, and working-class women and men? Who were the anti-suffragists? We will also address how the 19th Amendment has been commemorated in the past, and consider the controversies surrounding centennial commemorations planned for 2020.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

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School of Arts & Sciences