Historian Johanna Neuman discusses her new book, And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the Right to Vote, in a curated conversation with Beth Ruyak, host of Insight on CapRadio, an NPR affiliate in Sacramento.
As the nation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which cleared constitutional barriers to women voting, Dr. Neuman argues that the fight for the vote took far longer than previously credited — stretching from the revolutionary era in the 1770s, when some women agitated for the vote and others actually voted, to the civil rights era in the 1960s, when African American women in the South, technically enfranchised by the 19th Amendment, were kept from the ballot by local Jim Crow laws. In her new book — And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the Right to Vote — she tells how eight generations of women of all races and classes fought with great persistence over two centuries to win the ballot.
Cal State U Sacramento has gone all out to make this a spectacular event. There will be a one hour discussion of the book, followed by a reception, and a book signing. So far 300 have registered to attend, so please join this celebration of a landmark in U.S. history. Special thanks to organizer Muffy Francke, for pulling together what promises to be a real happening.