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Fighting ChanceThe Struggle over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America$
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Faye E. Dudden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199772636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199772636.001.0001

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The “Negro's Hour”

The “Negro's Hour”

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Fighting Chance

Faye E. Dudden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the dispute between women's rights activists, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and Wendell Phillips over what he called “Negro's hour” in the years after the Civil War. It first considers the abolition of slavery by virtue of the Thirteenth Amendment before turning to Stanton and Anthony and their belief that black suffrage would help bring about woman suffrage. It then examines Phillips's argument that simultaneous campaigning for woman suffrage would harm black men's chances. It also discusses the decision by Stanton and Anthony to create a new organization devoted to the simultaneous agitation of black and women's rights, the American Equal Rights Association, with the support of Frederick Douglass. The chapter concludes by assessing Stanton and Anthony's opposition to the Fourteenth Amendment.

Keywords:   women's rights, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Wendell Phillips, slavery, black suffrage, woman suffrage, American Equal Rights Association, Frederick Douglass, Fourteenth Amendment

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