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Du Bois and Washington on Woman Suffrage

Part B: Essay

Directions:  Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion.  Use evidence from at least five documents in the body of the essay.  Support your response with relevant facts, examples, and details.  Include additional outside information.

Historical Context:

Between 1890 and 1915 African-American leaders developed two contrasting attitudes toward woman suffrage. Black men and women who supported woman suffrage did so in the hopes that black women's right to vote would contribute to a larger agenda of race improvement. Similarly, black men and women who did not care about woman suffrage usually believed other causes should be given priority in the larger agenda of racial uplift.


Using information from the documents and your knowledge of United States history, answer the questions that follow each document in Part A.  Your answers to the questions will help you write the essay in Part B, in which you will be asked to:

  •   Identify and explain reasons why some African Americans participated in the woman suffrage movement.

  •   Identify and explain reasons why some African Americans remained distant from the woman suffrage movement.

  •   Evaluate both sets of reasons.
  • Guidelines:

    In your essay, be sure to:

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