“Two Amendments, One Fraught History:” 15th & 19th Amendments

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Date(s) - 04/01/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building


Event Description

The Catholic University of America Associate Professor of History Stephen A. West offers “Two Amendments, One Fraught History: Race, Sex, and the Right to Vote in the 15th and 19th Amendments, 1870-1920.” This year, Americans commemorate two important constitutional anniversaries in expanding the right to vote. The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibits the denial of suffrage on the basis of race. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, prohibits its denial on the basis of sex. This talk examines the intertwined—and fraught—relationship of the two amendments.