Describe the role of Black women in the post-WWII Civil Rights Movement and movement for voting rights

Describe the role of Black women in the post-WWII Civil Rights Movement and movement for voting rights

Book Response Assignment

20% of course grade

DIRECTIONS: This assignment is a response to Martha S. Jones’ Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. To complete this assignment, you must fully answer the below short-answer questions using specific details from the book. YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO USE THE BOOK—ANY USE OF OUTSIDE SOURCES (INCLUDING INTERNET SOURCES) WILL RESULT IN A POINT DEDUCTION OF AT LEAST TEN PERCENTAGE POINTS (AND COULD POSSIBLY RESULT IN A ZERO)! NO PLAGIARIZM ALLOWED AND DO NOT EVEN PARAPHRASE BECAUSE I WILL BE ABLE TO FIND IT OUT EVEN IF TURNITIN DOES NOT.

Remember that the purpose of this assignment is to make sure you have read and understood the book, so be as specific as possible and avoid vagueness! You should write a large paragraph (at least 10-15 sentences) for each question. Each question is worth 20 points, for a total of 100 points (20% of your course grade). Please use this sheet and TYPE your answers.

  1. What argument(s) does the author make in the introduction about the role of Black women in the American struggle for voting rights? How does the book “retell” and “correct the record” of American history and the history of women? What does the author mean when she uses the term “vanguard” to describe Black women? Also, describe how the author’s own family history inspired and informed her work on this book.

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  • In the early women’s movement of the 1800s, in what ways did Black women and white middle-class women chart different paths to gaining political rights? What were the differences between  white women’s activism and Black women’s activism, and why did those differences exist? How did these differences manifest during the fight for the 19th Amendment in the early 1900s?

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  • Describe the role of Black women in the post-WWII Civil Rights Movement and movement for voting rights. In what ways does the author argue that Black women were the “vanguard” during this period?

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  • How have Black women claimed their places in American politics after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, up to the present day? Describe how the story of the “Vanguard” is still relevant in our politics today.

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  • Describe your own reaction to this book. What have you learned about history (the history of women, African American history, broader American history, etc.) that you didn’t know before? Would you recommend that I incorporate this book into future history courses? Why or why not?

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