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Grounded in the rich history of Chicago politics, For the Freedom of Her Race tells a wide-ranging story about black women's involvement in southern, midwestern, and national politics. Examining the oppressive decades between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932--a period that is often described as the nadir of black life in America--Lisa Materson shows that as African American women migrated beyond the reach of southern white supremacists, they became active voters, canvassers, suffragists, campaigners, and lobbyists, mobilizing to gain a voice in national party politics and elect representatives who would push for the enforcement of the Reconstruction Amendments in the South.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1 Tomorrow You Will Go to the Polls: Women’s Voting in Chicago in 1894
  2. pp. 20-59
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  1. 2 Because Her Parents Had Never Had the Chance: Southern Migrant Politics during the 1910s
  2. pp. 60-107
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  1. 3 Profit from the Mistakes of Men: National Party Politics, 1920–1924
  2. pp. 108-148
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  1. 4 The Prohibition Issue as a Smoke Screen: The Failure of Racial Uplift Ideology and the 1928 Election
  2. pp. 149-184
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  1. 5 Political Recognition for Themselves and Their Daughters: The Campaigns of Ruth Hanna McCormick, 1927–1930
  2. pp. 185-227
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 228-240
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 241-298
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-344
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