Suffragette City: Women’s Rights Men

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Sources: The color palette and design of this comic was inspired by two things: the infographics created by W. E. B. Du Bois for the 1900 Paris Exposition Exhibit of American Negroes, which appear throughout (thanks to the Library of Congress), and the narrative paintings of Jacob Lawrence, especially his “Frederick Douglass Series.” I consulted several books: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blig, The Lives of Frederick Douglass by Robert S. Levine, and W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography by Gerald Horne. And, the following articles: Valethia Watkins’s “Votes for Women: Race, Gender, and W.E.B. Du Bois’s Advocacy of Woman Suffrage” in Phylon (2016); Herbert Aptheker’s “DuBois on Douglass: 1895” in The Journal of Negro History (1964); Garth E. Pauley’s “W.E.B. Du Bois on Woman Suffrage: A Critical Analysis of His Crisis Writings” in Journal of Black Studies (2000); and S. Jay Walker’s “Frederick Douglass and Woman Suffrage” in The Black Scholar (1983). Brown University Libraries have digitized issues of The Crisis.


Kelcey Parker Ervick likes to tell offbeat histories, preferably about women and preferably with drawings. She is the author of three award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, about a not very bitter Czech fairy tale writer, and Liliane's Balcony, in which Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater may be haunted. Her comics and graphic essays have appeared in The Believer, Quarterly West, Passages North, and Nashville Review. She is the co-editor, with Tom Hart, of the forthcoming Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. Follow her daily-ish art habit on Instagram. More from this author →