Suffrage Reconstructed: Gender, Race & Voting Rights in the Civil War Era by
Call Number: JK 1896 .F74 2015 (Bethlehem & Monroe)
Publication Date: 2015
The 14th Amendment, ratified on July 9, 1868, identified all legitimate voters as "male." In so doing, it added gender-specific language to the U.S. Constitution for the first time. This is the first book to consider how and why the amendment's authors made this decision. Vividly detailing congressional floor bickering and activist campaigning, author Laura E. Free takes readers into the pre- and postwar fights over precisely who should have the right to vote. Free demonstrates that all men, black and white, were the ultimate victors of these fights, as gender became the single most important marker of voting rights during Reconstruction.