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The Suffrage Centennial in Rhode Island
April 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm$5
Join the Newport Historical Society for a talk with Dr. Allison Horrocks on Rhode Island’s Suffrage Centennial: From Radical Social Movements to Ratification on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 5:30pm at the Leatherman Program Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. General admission costs $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society members along with retired and active duty military.
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment. As another election cycle approaches, now is as fitting a time as ever to consider the broader meaning of this 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage. Though 1920 marks the anniversary of Rhode Island’s vote to ratify the 19th amendment to fully understand this history, we must first trace its origins to struggles that began a century earlier. In Rhode Island, the push for greater access to the ballot box emerged in the context of other social movements such as abolition, temperance, and a working-class rebellion against elite enfranchisement.