Voting Matters | Origin Stories: Keynote Address (1848)

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Voting Matters | Origin Stories: Keynote Address (1848) || Radcliffe Institute

We begin our series Voting Matters: Gender, Citizenship, and the Long 19th Amendment with a keynote address by the historian Martha S. Jones, who roots the generations-long movement for women's suffrage in the activism of African American women from the 1830s. Jones explores the tangled intersections of gender and race in the battle for the ballot while considering the evolution of birthright citizenship, more broadly, as itself a gendered origins story about constituting the American people.

WELCOME
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and
chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, Harvard University

FRAMING REMARKS (3:06)
Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

KEYNOTE (9:13)
Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history, Johns Hopkins University

DISCUSSION and Q&A (35:40)
Moderated by Lisa Tetrault, associate professor of history, Carnegie Mellon University