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Off the Shelf Author Conversation between Cathleen Cahill and Alison Parker
March 25 @ 12:00 pm
Cathleen D. Cahill is the author of “Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement.” We think we know the story of women’s suffrage in the United States: women met at Seneca Falls, marched in Washington, D.C., and demanded the vote until they won it with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. But the fight for women’s voting rights extended far beyond these familiar scenes. In “Recasting the Vote,” Cahill tells the powerful stories of a multiracial group of activists who propelled the national suffrage movement toward a more inclusive vision of equal rights. As we celebrate the centennial of a great triumph for the women’s movement, Cahill’s powerful history reminds us of the work that remains.
Alison M. Parker is the author of “Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell.” Born into slavery during the Civil War, Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) would become one of the most prominent activists of her time, with a career bridging the late 19th century to the civil rights movement of the 1950s. Though most accounts of Terrell focus almost exclusively on her public activism, Parker also looks at the often turbulent, unexplored moments in her life to provide a more complete account of a woman dedicated to changing the culture and institutions that perpetuated inequality throughout the United States. Drawing on newly discovered letters and diaries, Parker weaves together the joys and struggles of Terrell’s personal, private life with the challenges and achievements of her public, political career, producing a stunning portrait of an often under-recognized political leader.