Liberty, Democracy, and the Nineteenth Amendment


This conference examined the arguments for equal political rights for women from the Revolution through the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.


Conference Readings

Leser v. Garnett, 258 U. S. Rep. (U.S.S.C. 1922).

de Gouges, Olympe, “Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen” In Women in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1795, edited by Darline Gay Levy, Harriet Branson Applewhite, and Mary Durham Johnson, 87-96. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1980.

Adams, Abigail B. Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784. Edited by L. H. Butterfield. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Corder, J. Kevin and Christina Wolbrecht. Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage to the New Deal. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Douglass, Frederick. “Report of the Woman’s Rights Convention.” nps.gov/. https://www.nps.gov/wori/learn/historyculture/report-of-the-womans-rights-convention.htm (July 24, 2020).

Grimke, Sarah M. Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman. Boston: Isaac Knapp, 1838.

Mill, J. S. The Subjection of Women. Edited by Sue Mansfield. Arlington Heights: AHM Publishing Corporation, 1980.

National Assembly of France. “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.” Yale Law School. https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/rightsof.asp (July 23, 2020).

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. “Address to the Legislature of New York, 1854.” nps.gov. https://www.nps.gov/wori/learn/historyculture/address-to-the-new-york-legislature-1854.htm (July 24, 2020).

Taylor, Harriet and John Stuart Mill. “The Enfranchisement of Women.” utexas.edu. https://www.laits.utexas.edu/poltheory/jsmill/diss-disc/eow.html (July 24, 2020).

Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.