As a nation “by the people, for the people,” America has always grappled with the question of who should have a voice in the political process. Since the founding, those in power have defined the ideal American voter and identified who should be denied. But the desire to be among those whose voices are officially counted has driven excluded Americans to seek the vote. The exhibition’s suffrage section will focus on the expansions and contractions of voting rights in the United States.
Visitors will encounter the tension and resistance generated by struggles that transformed voting from the prerogative of a privileged few to the right of most citizens.