Plenary Session LIVESTREAM WITH Q & A 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Native American Voting Rights
Keynote BROADCAST AND LIVESTREAM WITH Q & A 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lisa Tetrault, Carnegie Mellon University
When Women Won the Right to Vote: History, Myth, and Memory
Dr. Lisa Tetrault is an associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in the history of gender, race, and American democracy—with an emphasis on social movements and memory. Her path-breaking book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898 (2014), won the Organization of American Historians’ Mary Jurich Nickliss book prize. A frequent commentator on the suffrage centennial, she is currently at work on a genealogy of the Nineteenth Amendment, as well as a book-length project about where and how women’s suffrage fits into the political landscape after the American Civil War. Her research has been funded by the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, and the Library of Congress. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
ABSTRACT: Contrary to popular assumption, the right to vote does not exist in the U.S. Constitution or in U.S. law. When women won passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, then, they did not win the right to vote, despite repeated claims that they did. Just what did the woman suffrage amendment do, then? Clarifying this history, this talk also positions 1920 as the middle of a much larger story about the pursuit of voting rights, a struggle that is today unfinished and ongoing.
Awards Announcements and Closing Session BROADCAST
Announcement of the Utah State History 2020 Outstanding Achievement Awards and the annual best article and book awards from the Utah State Historical Society.