Writer and Historian Martha Jones Examines the History of Voting Rights in America

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 22, 2020—Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, will deliver a talk titled, “The Struggle for Voting Rights.” Hosted by Williams College, the event is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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Jones is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. She is the author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press in 2018) and All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 2007). She is also a co-editor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). She recently completed Vanguard: A History of African American Women’s Politics (Basic), to be published this year in conjunction with the 19th Amendment’s centennial. Currently, and is currently at work on a biography of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney.

Jones is recognized as a public historian, frequently writing for broader audiences at outlets including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time and the curatorship of museum exhibitions including “Reframing the Color Line” and “Proclaiming Emancipation” in conjunction with the William L. Clements Library, and collaborations with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, the Southern Poverty Law Center, PBS, Netflix, and Arte (France.) Jones currently on the Organization of American Historians Executive Board.

This event is sponsored by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, the Department of History, Leadership Studies, American Studies, Political Science, the Davis Center, the Lecture Committee, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies. Audience participation is encouraged.


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