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The right to vote is not about race or gender; it is about people. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution freed slaves, the Fourteenth declared them naturalized citizens, and the Fifteenth gave all men the right to vote— intentionally and purposefully excluding women. Violence and intimidation, however, prevented many from exercising their newfound privilege and portend the overwhelming challenges women face, even if they do finally gain suffrage. One woman in particular is determined to find ways to influence change and empower the subjugated, no matter who they are. An abandoned house, a fractured family, and repressed people—it’s a journey of more than a hundred fifty years, set in the deep south of Louisiana, and in a family coming to terms with their own race and repression issues.

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