New WGS course Fall 2020 Oral Histories: Voting While Black and Female
Oral Histories: Voting While Black and Female
Course Description: 2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the American
constitution, which was hailed as closing the suffrage gap so that all Americans could
vote. As history demonstrates, however, suffrage remained and still remains out of reach
for many citizens of this country, most of whom are African-American. Jim Crow laws,
voter suppression laws and movements, and the frustrations associated with
gerrymandering have disfranchised generations of African-American citizens, men and
women. During this centennial year celebrating women’s suffrage, this course will
investigate the real-life voting experiences, opinions, and struggles of African-American
women in Nashville.
Students in this course will recruit interview participants, conduct interviews, and create
an oral history database of African-American women of all ages reflecting on suffrage.
Save their stories.
Check out the WGS 3891 syllabus here!