n African Journal of Rhetoric - Votes for women : W.E.B. Du Bois and the politics of race in the woman suffrage movement

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1998-2054


W. E. B. Du Bois was a leading advocate for granting women the right to vote. This aspect of his political activism, although highly significant, does not receive nearly as much attention as it deserves. Consequently, it is not as widely known as other aspects of his political views. This essay examines Du Bois' views and writings on woman suffrage within the pages of the NAACP's Crisis magazine. This analysis highlights W. E. B. Du Bois' constructive engagement of the suffrage issue along with his biting critique of the racial politics of the suffrage movement. Moreover, it interrogates the ways in which Du Bois' highly visible advocacy of the woman suffrage cause helps to challenge the myth that Black men did not support enfranchising women (including Black women).

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