Civil Rights for Women and African Americans Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Civil Rights for Women and African Americans
A discussion on the link between women's rights and African-American rights in the nineteenth century.
# 36519 | 1,900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2003 in African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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The paper discusses women's inferior legal status in the nineteenth century and also describes how the institution of slavery stripped Black Americans of all their human, civil, political and social rights. The paper notes basic differences between these two struggling groups, but shows how women and Blacks in America have shared a common experience to an extent, especially in the context of those rights protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. The paper asserts that these two movements, based on races and gender, were invariably linked to the social values of the society.

From the Paper:

"The Woman's Movement did not focus its efforts solely on eliminating the legal disabilities attached to the marital vow; the Movement recognized that even single women could not exercise many of the basic rights to which all white men were entitled. All women, married or single, were denied every political right traditionally associated with citizenship, including the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, and the right to hold public office. Many widowed and single women owned large amounts of property and real estate, and the cry of "no taxation without representation" was often heard from the suffragists. Scattered signs of protest from other unmarried women can be found throughout American history,] but in general the law made no distinction between married and single women in denying their political rights.
The legal status of unmarried white women and Black freedmen in the North was very similar during the antebellum period. Like the unmarried white woman, the Black freedman was more likely to enjoy his basic "civil" rights, such as the right to contract or own property, than his "political" rights, such as the right to sit on a jury, vote, or hold office. (CONG. GLOBE, 39th Cong., 1st Sess. 209-10 1866)."

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