Study Guide

Having Our Say Part V, Chapter 21: Bessie

By Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

Part V, Chapter 21: Bessie

  • Bessie's experiences with racism in New York prompt her to become a political activist. Once she attends a protest of Birth of a Nation that's led by W.E.B. Dubois.
  • Bessie has valid reasons for her growing political agitation—one night, she's chased down by the KKK in Long Island, of all places.
  • Despite these struggles, "one of the happiest days" of her life is when women are awarded the right to vote in 1920 (5.21.24).

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