Civil War And The Black Suffrage

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Post-Civil War, Northern women became increasingly active in the Black-suffrage movements in the North. They strategized that by enforcing the right of suffrage for African-Americans they would automatically receive the right to vote. Their calculations were based off of the hierarchal rules implied by the Jim Crow South. During the Jim Crow Era, segregationists feared that reconstruction would mess with the inherent order of their society by making Black men equal to White men and beneath them allowing Black women to be equal to White women. Their restoration period stressed that the gender/racial hierarchy be preserved as follows: White men, White women, Black men, and then Black women. The Northern women assumed that there was no way they would give Black men the right to vote without giving White women the right to vote first, since they were higher up on Jim Crow’s hierarchy. However, their initial plan was unfeasible due to mutual disagreement amongst men in regards to women’s suffrage. Even the radical men believed that supporting women’s suffrage was pushing things too far and risked the nullification of the fourteenth amendment. Regardless of, they pushed for its ratification.
In 1873 Suzan B. Anthony led the women to go up to the polls to cast votes as a form of protest. Their plan was to go to the polls, get turned away, then sue on behalf of the fourteenth amendment which equally protected them. To their dismay, Anthony was not turned away but instead was…
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