USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics 2021-03-04T09:41:59+01:00 USAbroad Editorial Team Open Journal Systems <p><strong>USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics – ISSN 2611-2752</strong> is the first Italian academic journal entirely dedicated to the study of U.S. history and politics. It is published annually by an editorial board of early-career scholars based in Italy and across Europe. Its goal is to offer an occasion to publish innovative and ground-breaking academic research to Italian and international postgraduate and early-career researchers.</p> From 2020 to 1920 and Back: One Hundred Years from the 19th Amendment 2021-02-16T17:32:31+01:00 Raffaella Baritono <div><span lang="EN-US">In January 2021, A Black, South Asian woman, Kamala Harris, has risen to the position of U.S. vice president at the same moment as the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The article considers the changes that have occurred during the last 100 years in order to question the narrative which describes the conquest of suffrage as a political experience based essentially on white and middle-class women. Emphasizing the intertwining of race and gender involves striking a bare nerve in the history of the U.S. women’s suffrage movement and the battle for political representation.</span></div> 2021-03-04T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Raffaella Baritono Freedom Courts: An Analysis of Black Women’s Divorce in Attala County During Mississippi’s Anti-Divorce Campaign, 1890–1940 2020-11-20T10:29:47+01:00 Evan Howard Ashford <p>The essay argues that divorce, as a legal maneuver, provided Black women with the opportunity to challenge oppression within the household while simultaneously pushing back against broader efforts to curtail access to divorce. Framed within the New Negro Era, the article analyzes the competing realities of divorce as both a racialized political issue and an internal struggle for independence. Utilizing newspapers and divorce petitions, the article captures how divorce gave Black women a voice and a platform in which they could declare independence in a society that was historically known for its suppression of African Americans.</p> 2021-03-04T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Evan Howard Ashford From Turin to Boston (and back): A Transatlantic Feminist Network 2021-01-06T18:46:43+01:00 Tommaso Rebora <p>In September 1970, a group of women from Turin (Italy) embarked on a project in which they translated documents produced by the American feminist movement. By reconstructing the history of this translation project, this essay traces the origins of a transatlantic network between Italy and the United States by drawing on an analysis of the texts, public interventions and practices that were circulated in Italy following this historic encounter.</p> 2021-03-04T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Tommaso Rebora Borderlands as a Site of Resistance in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Political Thought 2020-11-20T11:18:09+01:00 Anna Nasser <p>The essay offers a deeper understanding of Gloria Anzaldúa’s theorization of borderlands, crisis, mobility, and resistance as a theory for coalition making among women of color. Through an analysis of Anzaldúa’s conceptualization of borderlands, strongly rooted in the socio-political context of the United States in the 1980s, the article deals with Anzaldúa’s innovative resignification of crisis and mobility as constitutive elements of political and coalition-making processes. Anzaldúa’s reconfiguration of borders and borderlands, and her intersectional analysis of politics, should be understood as a crucial formulation in the development of the U.S. multiracial and transnational feminist movement.</p> 2021-03-04T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Anna Nasser “Stop Taking Our Privileges”: Phyllis Schlafly’s Narrative of Traditional Womanhood and the Fight for Socioeconomic Hegemony in the 1970s–1980s 2020-11-16T04:11:56+01:00 Amélie Ribieras <div><span lang="EN-US">In 1972, when the U.S. feminist movement was proposing to implement gender equality through the Equal Rights Amendment, conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly launched a countermovement in order to revalue a woman’s place in the home. Arguing in favor a sexual division of labor, she defended the traditional vision of the family. According to Schlafly, marriage and motherhood provide women with advantages which they didn’t want to give up in exchange for equality. With the intention of defending their socioeconomic and cultural power, conservative women engaged in a political battle for their rights as housewives.</span></div> 2021-03-04T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Amélie Ribieras Gender and Empowerment in American History and Politics 2021-02-26T10:16:11+01:00 Giuliano Santangeli Valenzani Alice Ciulla 2021-03-04T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 USAbroad