The Maine Historical Society invites submission for its annual Historian’s Forum on July 13, 2019 in Portland, Maine. This year’s topic is Debating Suffrage in American history. Four contributors will deliver 30-minute talks followed by participation in a moderated panel discussion (which includes keynote speaker Robyn Leigh Muncy, University of Maryland, College Park) all for a public audience.
The coinciding of the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment with renewed prominence of voting rights debates in our own time informs the Forum’s theme. The Nineteenth Amendment finally resolved the question of whether or not gender could be a determining factor in suffrage, but was in many ways one of many decision points in a longer running contest to define the nature and limits of political participation for different Americans that has continued since the American Revolutionary era. Was broadening suffrage a good thing? Which citizens should be able to vote, and hold elected office, and why? Property, gender, race, religion, length of residence in the country, and age have all been advanced as important factors worthy of consideration.
The Forum invites contributors to present new perspectives on the diverse contests over suffrage from the American Revolutionary era until the recent past. Scholars of all U.S. regions and subfields are encouraged to submit papers.
Preference will be given to papers addressing questions of gender and suffrage, and to papers highlighting topics in Maine/greater New England history.
However, scholars are also invited to submit papers exploring topics including the relationship between suffrage and race, incarceration, citizenship, property ownership, or qualifications for officeholding.
About the Annual Historian’s Forum at Maine Historical Society
The Forum seeks to present the latest scholarship in an accessible format to the general public. Held in July at the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine, the day-long symposium consists of two morning panels, an afternoon keynote address, and then a roundtable featuring all participants.
Contributors will receive a $250 honorarium that can be used to cover travel and/or lodging expenses.