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Ep17: Who was Elizabeth Peratrovich? A conversation with historian Holly Guise.

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In this episode, author and historian Holly Guise, tells us about Elizabeth Peratrovich.

Elizabeth Peratrovich was a civil rights activist who fought for equality for Alaska Natives.

Her story is like others who fought for change. In Alaska, Elizabeth and her husband Roy Peratrovich found discrimination, difficulty buying a house in certain neighborhoods, and signs banning Native Americans from entering businesses or public facilities. So they started to organize.

Elizabeth Peratrovich is credited with helping to pass Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

Holly Guise has an essay about Elizabeth Peratrovich in the book, Suffrage at 100.

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