Long Rhode to the Vote

Suffrage Centennial Lecture Series

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In 2020 we celebrated two monumental events in American history—the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting American women the right to vote, albeit with barriers for many women of color, and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which at least nominally enfranchised African-American men.

Our yearlong virtual series, from fall 2020 through spring 2021, evaluated the legacy of these political milestones and explored modern-day voting issues. Speakers included Rhode Island Representative Justine Caldwell, campaign strategist Kate Coyne-McCoy, political scientists Emily Lynch and Stella Rouse, and historians Wendy Rouse, Pippa Holloway, Elisa Miller, and Elizabeth Stevens.

Spring virtual lectures and registration

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The Bridge

The Rhode Island Historical Society and Newport Historical Society offer a free copy of “The Bridge”–a joint edition of their journal devoted to the history of woman suffrage in Rhode Island–to the first 100 people who request a copy. Please send your name and mailing address to uri.humanities@gmail.com.

Fall virtual lectures