Black Feminist Voices in Politics by Evelyn M. Simien

By Evelyn M. Simien

Stories black feminist ways to political technological know-how and African American ladies as political actors.

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Dawson, and Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism (1999) by Frederick C. Harris. They offer highly sophisticated and comprehensive explanatory models of black political behavior, which place African American political thought at the center of their empirical analysis. Despite the valuable information they provide, these studies often fail to recognize the importance of theorizing gender. Relying heavily on survey data from the 1984–1988 and 1996 National Black Election Studies, scholars have typically added the variable (gender) to a regression model and controlled for its effects statistically.

Of the few black women abolitionists who worked closely with white women suffragists, two public figures stood out and voiced their opinions. Frances E. W. Harper and Sojourner Truth expressed distinct viewpoints toward universal male suffrage. Harper, who sided with Douglass and supported passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, “let the lesser question of sex go” and observed that “white women all go for sex, letting race occupy a minor position” when the interests of black male abolitionists were pitted against the interests of white women suffragists (Stanton et al.

In fact, she remains conspicuously absent from the canon on black civil rights from 1850 to 1920 that typically enshrines such legendary icons as Martin Delaney, Alexander Crummell, Frederick Douglass, T. Thomas Fortune, W. E. B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and Marcus Garvey who preceded the modern civil rights movement (see, for example, J. White 1985; Brotz 1992) and the canon on women’s suffrage from 1848 to 1920 that typically enshrines such notable figures as Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Lucretia Mott who preceded the contemporary women’s liberation movement (see, for example, E.

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