Bio: Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. She is president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the oldest and largest association of women historians in the United States, and she sits on the executive board of the Organization of American Historians. Author of Birthright Citizens and All Bound up Together, she has written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today and other publications. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Judges’ citation: In Vanguard, Martha S. Jones brings to life the heretofore hidden story of how Black women have spent two centuries fighting for their civil and political rights. The saga begins in the 1820s, when Black women began demanding a greater voice in their churches, the abolition movement, and mutual aid organizations. After the Civil War, which brought citizenship for African Americans, Black women emphatically sought equal rights for both their race and gender. When those dreams were not fully realized, a subsequent generation of Black women (many college educated) tried to use the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment as a means to finally win a full voice in American politics. Jones conveys the stories of her protagonists with sophistication, verve, and nuance.
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