The history of voting rights in the United States is directly connected to the origin of “whiteness”. Today, the term “white” is widely accepted, but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that it even existed as a categorization of people.
Although “whiteness” is key to understanding the history of voting rights in the U.S., we have to remember that race is not a fixed truth. The concept of race was created specifically to justify the superiority of some people over others: superiority in the law, at the ballot box, and throughout society.
We cannot understand the history of voting rights without analyzing the origins of race.
Whiteness: The Creation of Race
Explore how “white” was created, and consider how it was used as a tool to limit voting rights and political access. Read More »