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Disfranchisement 9/24/2007 During the times of disfranchisement, blacks had their political office holdings, and rights to vote stripped from them. Black women stepped up to the plate and took it upon themselves to combat this oppression. They took a subtle, “diplomatic” approach in order to accomplish two main goals: try to get in and hold a place for blacks in the state services system and clear a path for blacks to get the chance to vote again. Women took it upon themselves to do this because like Sallie Mial put it, “women were allowed to go places that men could not go”. “Diplomatic Women” is a very suitable title for women back during the Progressive Era. Black women took a skillful approach to handling the sensitive subject of disfranchisement. Black women put their own personal agendas on the backburner in order to help out black men, and ultimately the black race as a whole. So while white women were trying to get rights “from” their men, black men were trying to get rights
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Unformatted text preview: “for” their men, as Gilmore states. It was black women’s subtle, unidentified approach that helped it become so successful. They were very skilled politics because they had gained experience during the temperance movements, Republican Party aid societies, and through the church. To further expand, black women actually used church as a place to combat disfranchisement. Because church was a strong symbol in the black community, they saw fight to move focus from religious debates, and divert everyone’s attention to political matters, instead. As a result, the church became a place where blacks could go to gain insight on such matters involving voting rights. Women became the “organized managers” in regards to combating black oppression. Women began to feel so strong about the issue, and started to press forward so much that men felt threatened by them. Women reassured them that they were there to help men and assist men....
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