And You Didn’t Want Me to Vote: America’s Contested Site of Power

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Date(s) - 02/05/2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Maplewood Public Library


There is no other action that has been so contested in our country’s history as the idea of who has the right to vote. At various times since the founding of the country, there have been revolving factions of the population who could not vote.

They included poor white men, women, African Americans, Native Americans and Jews. In some states Catholics were denied the vote.  We will discuss the struggles to pass the 15th amendment giving Black men the right to vote, and the incredible violence that women had to endure for right to vote leading to the passage of the 20th amendment.  The year 2020 is both historic and pivotal. Historic in that it is the 150th anniversary of the 15th amendment and the 20th amendment turns 100. Our presentation looks at the history of the vote and the maintaining of power through the lens of conflicts. Presented by Ms. Angela da Silva, Professor of Health Sciences at Lindenwood University. Ms. Da Silva also does historical re-enactments throughout the state, including commemorations at Mary Meachum.

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