Grounded in the rich history of Chicago politics, For the
Freedom of Her Race
tells a wide-ranging story about black
women's involvement in southern, midwestern, and national politics.
Examining the oppressive decades between the end of Reconstruction
in 1877 and the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932--a
period that is often described as the nadir of black life in
America--Lisa Materson shows that as African American women
migrated beyond the reach of southern white supremacists, they
became active voters, canvassers, suffragists, campaigners, and
lobbyists, mobilizing to gain a voice in national party politics
and elect representatives who would push for the enforcement of the
Reconstruction Amendments in the South.