Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement
Title: Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement
Author: Cathleen D. Cahill
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 2020
"This spirited history situates the campaign for female suffrage within the broader narrative of civil rights....Cahill's widened focus links the battle for enfranchisement to currents of exclusion and empowerment that continue to shape the vote today."
- The New Yorker
"Written to coincide with the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this important books reminds us that the familiar stories of women's suffrage are woefully incomplete....An essential work; highly recommended."
- Library Journal
"This is a vital and timely corrective. Recasting the Vote is not merely an additive project. These women's stories fundamentally rewrite the traditional suffrage narrative, move us beyond the black/white binary, and show how race and sex have always intertwined in the long and ongoing struggle for the vote."
- Kimberly Hamlin, author of Free Thinker: Sex Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener
"Recasting the Vote tells the story of women's suffrage with the women of today in mind. Through probing research and vivid storytelling, Cathleen Cahill unearths how women of color charted their own routes to voting rights, transforming a movement. Their lives speak to our own time through timely lessons about how racism and sexism can undercut women's political power. This is the book we have long been waiting for and that we need."
- Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted Upon Equality for All