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The Racism Among the Suffragists

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Readers discuss how black women were largely excluded from the movement that led to passage of the 19th Amendment.

In 1884 Anthony bullied her friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton into not mailing a letter to a newspaper publicly congratulating Douglass on his marriage to Helen Pitts, a white woman. Anthony told Stanton the marriage of a black man to a white woman “has no place on our platform.”

Anthony was afraid that any open support of black rights would weaken the women’s rights movement.

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