The New Departure - Mary Ann Shadd Cary & Frederick Douglass

Title

The New Departure - Mary Ann Shadd Cary & Frederick Douglass

Description

In the spring of 1871, Mary Ann Shadd Cary and Frederick Douglass led at least 63 Black & white women to attempt to register to vote in Washington DC. She was turned away by the Board of Registration, whose members included 2 Black men who surely knew her by reputation. Thread.

Cary made the episode into an essay, “A First Vote Almost” explaining the New Departure and arguing that Republicans needed to embrace it, b/c capitulating to the Democrats’ derision amounted to endorsing their view that all of the Reconstruction amendments were invalid.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s biographer, Jane Rhodes, notes how painful it must have been to see men from the community get to vote, and be excluded.

Creator

Daily Suffragist

Date

5/10/2019

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Daily Suffragist, “The New Departure - Mary Ann Shadd Cary & Frederick Douglass,” Daily Suffragist, accessed March 9, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/115.

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