The Vote Preview Screening & Panel

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June 25, 2020
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Please join us for special online screening of clips from the new documentary American Experience: The Vote.

Presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), Alabama Public Television (APT) and the Alabama Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee (AWSCC) this screening is a special opportunity to see portions of the program before its premiere later this summer.

Panelists will include Dr. Valerie Pope Burnes, Associate Professor at the University of West Florida, Livingston; Dr. Tara White, Instructor of History at Wallace Community College in Selma; and Dr. Susan Ashmore, Professor of History at Oxford College, Emory University, in Atlanta.


Premieres Monday and Tuesday, July 6-7, 2020 on Alabama Public Television.

Narrated by Kate Burton, The Vote Features the Voices of Mae Whitman, Audra MacDonald, Laura Linney and Patricia Clarkson

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

In its final decade, from 1909 to 1920, movement leaders wrestled with contentious questions about the most effective methods for affecting social change. They debated the use of militant, even violent tactics, as well as hunger strikes and relentless public protests. The battle for the vote also upended previously accepted ideas about the proper role of women in American society and challenged the definitions of citizenship and democracy.

Exploring how and why millions of 20th-century Americans mobilized for — and against — women’s suffrage, The Vote brings to life the unsung leaders of the movement and the deep controversies over gender roles and race that divided Americans then — and continue to dominate political discourse today.

Video Descriptions

The Vote Slate

The Vote Slate

The Vote Intro

APT Welcome

The Vote OVEE screening welcome message form APT.

Race vs. Sex: The Beginning of the Struggle | The Vote | American Experience

The New Woman | The Vote | American Experience

120 minutes


  • Moderator Avatar
    Heather Daniels-Whitson

    Heather Daniels-Whitson is the Director of Education Production & Digital Media for Alabama Public Television, where she has developed multiple national and regional award-winning documentaries, educational broadcast programs and interactive web experiences.


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    Dr. Valerie Pope Burnes


    Dr. Valerie Pope Burnes is an Associate Professor of History and the University of West Alabama. She is the past president of the Alabama Historical Association and has researched and presented on the suffrage movement in Alabama. She authored the Encyclopedia of Alabama article on the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association.

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    Dr. Tara White


    Dr. Tara White is History Instructor at Wallace Community College, Selma. She is also a Public Historian with expertise in southern history, Black women's history, museums and historic sites.

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    Dr. Susan Ashmore


    Dr. Susan Youngblood Ashmore is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of History at Oxford College of Emory University. Her research focuses on the modern South after 1964. Her books include Carry It On: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama 1964-1972 (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and co-editor with Lisa Lindquist Dorr, Alabama Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2017).

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    Dr. Alex Colvin


    Dr. Alex Colvin is the public programs curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History and a member of the Alabama Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee.

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    Scotty E. Kirkland - ADAH


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