Cathleen D. Cahill
Lauren Golder

Golder on Cahill, 'Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement'

Cathleen D. Cahill. Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020. 376 pp. $27.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4696-5932-9.

Reviewed by Lauren Golder (Santa Monica College and Victor Valley College) Published on H-SHGAPE (September, 2022) Commissioned by William S. Cossen (The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology)

Seeking resources on Deaf suffragists

Hello, my name is Perri Meldon, and I work with the National Park Service on disability history initiatives.

Our summer intern is conducting research on American Deaf suffragists. She is especially interested in learning more about the Gallaudet alumnus Georgia Elliott Hasenstab.

She started her search by reviewing Dr. Joan Naturale's excellent Deaf Suffragists guide at RIT Libraries ( But our intern has struggled to track down more digitized information.

Unraveling the Origins of 1838 School Suffrage in Kentucky

On the eve of ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, American women’s voting rights were literally a patchwork of half-measures. Suffrage maps used cross-hatching to indicate states where women could vote for president but not local offices, stripes for states where women could vote for local officials but not federal, stars for voting in primaries but not general elections, and on and on. The most common partial suffrage measure was “school suffrage”—women’s right to vote on local school matters. The National Woman Suffrage Publishing Co.

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On March 31, 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson became the first African American in the United States to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when he cast his ballot in a Perth Amboy, NJ, city charter referendum. Though he was encouraged to do so by his white employer and others, he went home for lunch first to think it over. One can imagine him mulling things over, perhaps dicussing it with Daphne, his wife, before making a choice that would make history.

Melanie Beals Goan
Andrea S. Watkins

Watkins on Goan, 'A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote'

Melanie Beals Goan. A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2020. 296 pp. $32.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8131-8017-5

Reviewed by Andrea S. Watkins (Northern Kentucky University) Published on H-Kentucky (April, 2021) Commissioned by Randolph Hollingsworth (Network editor for H-Kentucky)

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