USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics https://usabroad.unibo.it/ <strong>USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics – ISSN 2611-2752</strong> is the first Italian academic journal published annually by an editorial board of early-career scholars and entirely dedicated to the study of U.S. history and politics. It sets out to offer the occasion to postgraduates and early career Italian and international scholars to publish innovative and ground-breaking academic research. Dept. of Political and Social Sciences – University of Bologna; CISPEA en-US USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics 2611-2752 <p>Copyrights and publishing rights of all the texts on this journal belong to the respective authors without restrictions.</p><div><a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" rel="license"><img src="https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by/4.0/88x31.png" alt="Creative Commons License" /></a></div><p>This journal is licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" rel="license">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode">full legal code</a>). <br /> See also our <a href="/about/editorialPolicies#openAccessPolicy">Open Access Policy</a>.</p> From 2020 to 1920 and Back: One Hundred Years from the 19th Amendment https://usabroad.unibo.it/article/view/12416 <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> Raffaella Baritono Copyright (c) 2021 Raffaella Baritono https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-04 2021-03-04 4 1 B.8 10.6092/issn.2611-2752/12416 Freedom Courts: An Analysis of Black Women’s Divorce in Attala County During Mississippi’s Anti-Divorce Campaign, 1890–1940 https://usabroad.unibo.it/article/view/11575 <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> Evan Howard Ashford Copyright (c) 2021 Evan Howard Ashford https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-04 2021-03-04 4 1 12 10.6092/issn.2611-2752/11575 From Turin to Boston (and back): A Transatlantic Feminist Network https://usabroad.unibo.it/article/view/12159 <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> Tommaso Rebora Copyright (c) 2021 Tommaso Rebora https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-04 2021-03-04 4 13 24 10.6092/issn.2611-2752/12159 Borderlands as a Site of Resistance in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Political Thought https://usabroad.unibo.it/article/view/11796 <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> Anna Nasser Copyright (c) 2021 Anna Nasser https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-04 2021-03-04 4 25 36 10.6092/issn.2611-2752/11796 “Stop Taking Our Privileges”: Phyllis Schlafly’s Narrative of Traditional Womanhood and the Fight for Socioeconomic Hegemony in the 1970s–1980s https://usabroad.unibo.it/article/view/11614 <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> Amélie Ribieras Copyright (c) 2021 Amélie Ribieras https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-04 2021-03-04 4 37 50 10.6092/issn.2611-2752/11614 Gender and Empowerment in American History and Politics https://usabroad.unibo.it/article/view/12466 Giuliano Santangeli Valenzani Alice Ciulla Copyright (c) 2021 USAbroad https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-04 2021-03-04 4 I II 10.6092/issn.2611-2752/12466