About


Rachel Michelle Gunter is a public historian and a professor of History at a community college in North Texas. She earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Texas A&M University in 2017. She studies the woman suffrage movement in Texas and the United States from 1917 to 1923 focusing on how the successes and failures of the movement affected the voting rights of other groups including resident noncitizen voters, Mexican and German immigrants, servicemen, WWI veterans, Mexican Americans, and Black Americans. As part of this research she also looks into changes to the voting system including the beginning or expansion of absentee balloting in much of the United States and how many southern states altered their poll taxes during wartime so as to not disfranchise soldiers or veterans. She further researches the suffragists' and later the League of Women Voters' efforts to gain married women's independent citizenship, instead of the government deriving their citizenship status from their husband's. 

Publications


You didn’t always have to be a citizen to vote in America


Rachel Michelle Gunter


Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/12/29/you-didnt-always-have-be-citizen-vote-america/, 2021


Immigrants Declarants and Loyal American Women: How Suffragists Helped Redefine the Rights of Citizens


Rachel Michelle Gunter


Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-gilded-age-and-progressive-era/article/immigrant-declarants-and-loyal-american-women-how-suffragists-helped-redefine-the-rights-of-citizens/B478BD887C5C43F664544DC81E374360/share/e45d224fc8f3e6f7007ae970ba81ea057b5dafe2, 2020, pp. 1-16


“They Think I Have Forgotten All About the Past”: Suffragists’ Struggle for Acceptance in Politics in Arizona and Texas


Rachel Michelle Gunter


Journal of Arizona History, vol. 61(2), https://muse.jhu.edu/article/757935, 2020, pp. 231-240


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