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Live at the NCC: The 19th Amendment: The Untold Story

August 13, 2020

Last week, historians Martha Jones and Lisa Tetrault joined National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a conversation exploring the history and legacy of the 19th Amendment. The discussion highlighted the untold stories of women from all backgrounds who fought for women's suffrage and equality for all—as well as the work still left to do after the amendment's ratification was won. Martha Jones is author of the new book Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. Lisa Tetrault is author of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898.

This conversation originally aired on our companion podcast, Live at the National Constitution Center. Listen and subscribe here.

This program was presented as part of the 19th Amendment: Past, Present, and Future symposium presented in partnership with All in Together, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, the LBJ Presidential Library, the National Archives, The 19th, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It’s part of the National Constitution Center's Women and the Constitution initiative—a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.



Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, winner of the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Award for the best book in civil rights history, the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American legal history, and the American Society for Legal History John Phillip Reid book award for the best book in Anglo-American legal history. 

Lisa Tetrault is Associate Professor in the Department of History in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in the history of U.S. women and gender. A historian of the nineteenth century, she focuses on social movements (particularly feminism), American democracy, and the politics of memory. She is the author of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898, which won the Organization of American Historians' inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss women's history book prize, and her second is Enter Woman Suffrage: A New History of Reconstruction, 1865-1878. Professor Tetrault is an adviser for the National Constitution Center's exhibit The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote.

Jeffrey Rosen is the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization devoted to educating the public about the U.S. Constitution. Rosen is also professor of law at The George Washington University Law School and a contributing editor of The Atlantic.


This episode was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Jackie McDermott and Tanaya Tauber. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich, Nicholas Mosvick, and Jake La Fronz.

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