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2021 popular The Woman's Hour: The online sale Great Fight to Win the new arrival Vote online

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"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader" -- Hillary Rodham Clinton

Soon to be a major television event, the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.


Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state--Tennessee--is needed for women''s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don''t want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis"--women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation''s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman''s Hour is the gripping story of how America''s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

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“Weiss renders the conflict so suspensefully that it is easy to see why Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television has already bought the rights to the book. The book grippingly recounts the twists and reversals that took place in the weeks leading up to the suffrage victory, but it is even more thrilling in its presentation of ideas—both those of the suffragists and those of the people who opposed them… The Woman’s Hour animates the past so fully that its facts feel anything but fated.” —Casey Cep, The New Yorker

“At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss’s unforgettable book tells the story of the female leaders who—in the face of towering economic, racial, and political opposition—fought for and won American women''s right to vote. Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, The Woman’s Hour is both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and old, male and female, in these perilous times. So much could have gone wrong, but these American women would not take no for an answer: their triumph is our legacy to guard and emulate.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Stirring, definitive, and engrossing….Weiss brings a lucid, lively, journalistic tone to the story… The Woman''s Hour is compulsory reading.” —NPR.org

“Weiss is a clear and genial guide with an ear for telling language … She also shows a superb sense of detail, and it’s the deliciousness of her details that suggests certain individuals warrant entire novels of their own… Weiss’s thoroughness is one of the book’s great strengths. So vividly had she depicted events that by the climactic vote (spoiler alert: The amendment was ratified!), I got goose bumps.” —Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times Book Review

"With a skill reminiscent of Robert Caro, [Weiss] turns the potentially dry stuff of legislative give-and-take into a drama of courage and cowardice." The Wall Street Journal

“A genteel but bare-knuckled political thriller…the account reads like a reality show, impossible to predict…Weiss’ narrative is energetic and buoyant even at the most critical moments.” Ms. Magazine

“A nonfiction political thriller…Weiss zeroes in on the final campaign of the suffrage movement.” —Bustle.com
 
“Riveting… Weiss provides a multidimensional account of the political crusade… The result is a vivid work of American history.” The National Book Review

“Anyone interested in the history of our country’s ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice—as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines—would be well-served by picking up Elaine Weiss’s  The Woman’s Hour. By focusing in on the final battle in the war to win women the right to vote, told from the point of view of its foot soldiers, Weiss humanizes both the women working in favor of the amendment and those working against it, exposing all their convictions, tactics, and flaws. She never shies away from the complicating issue of race; the frequent conflict and occasional sabotage that occurred between women’s suffrage activists and the leaders of the nascent civil rights movement make for some of the most fascinating material in the book.” —Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures
 

“Even the most informed feminists will learn a thing or two.” HelloGiggles
 
“[A] lively history.” Newsday
 
“This timely exploration of the history of American gender politics reverberates during the present debate over female equality in all aspects of life and reminds us of how long and complex that struggle has been.” Knoxville News Sentinel
 
“An intriguing, timely read. Ripe for book club discussion.” South Coast Today
 
“[An] important tale…Weiss’ reportage…enables her to add splashes of color [and] wonderful dimension.” USA Today
 
“A page-turner…the story here is told in all its ugliness.” New York Journal of Books
 
"This well-researched and well-documented history reveals how prosuffragists sometimes compromised racial equality to win white women’s enfranchisement, and that, although the 19th Amendment was ratified, there exists to this day an ongoing battle to effect universal, unrestricted suffrage."— Library Journal

“Weiss does a wonderful job of laying out the background of the American women’s suffrage movement….A lively slice of history filled with political drama, Weiss’s book captures a watershed moment for American women.” —Book Page

“Remarkably entertaining ... a timely examination of a shining moment in the ongoing fight to achieve a more perfect union.”— Publishers Weekly, Starred and Boxed Review

“Imaginatively conceived and vividly written,  The Woman’s Hour gives  us a stirring history of women''s long journey to suffrage and to political influence. Making bold connection with race and class,  Weiss’s splendid book is as much needed today as it was in 1940 when Eleanor Roosevelt noted that men hate women with power.  As every victory since the Civil War and Reconstruction faces the wrecker,   The Woman’s Hour is an inspiration in the continuing struggles for suffrage, and for race and gender justice, and for democracy. —Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor Roosevelt


Praise for Fruits of Victory

"Weiss''s excellent work of cross-disciplinary scholarship offers readers a unique look at how WWI changed society."
—Booklist

"Weiss effectively chronicles the birth of the WLA movement and the dedicated women behind it. Recommended for both scholarly readers and interested history buffs."
—Library Journal

About the Author

Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper''s, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor''s Choice honoree, she is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman''s Land Army in the Great War (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press).

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Chapter 1

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To Nashville

Carrie Chapman Catt had spent a long night, day, and early evening on trains clattering over a thousand miles of track from New York City to Nashville. In the hours she wasn''t reading field reports and legal documents, rimless eyeglasses perched on her nose, she read the newspapers and indulged in the guilty pleasure of a detective novel.

By the time the train pulled into Nashville in the dusky twilight, it was hard to make out the copper-and-bronze statue of the messenger god Mercury perched atop the Union Station tower, greeting travelers to the bustling capital city. Minerva, the warrior goddess, might have been a more fitting figure for the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Susan B. Anthony''s anointed heir, the supreme commander of its great suffrage army, the woman they called "the Chief." Carrie Catt had been summoned to lead her troops into the fray one last time. At least she dearly hoped this might be the last time.

She''d already devoted half of her life to the Cause, three decades of constant work and travel. Her hair was silver and wavy, and she wore it short and brushed close, parted in the center, easy to groom on the run. Her face, once angular and strikingly handsome, was fleshier now. Her heavy eyelids drooped a bit, and the line of her jaw had softened, but she retained the same sly, thin-lipped smile, piercing blue eyes, and arched eyebrows that made her look either surprised, amused, or annoyed depending upon how she deployed them. She was definitely not amused this evening; she was worried, and she wasn''t sure she could take the strain much longer.

It was Catt''s job-more precisely, her life''s mission-to guide American women to the promised land of political freedom, securing for them the most basic right of democracy, the vote. For more than seventy years, since that first audacious meeting in Seneca Falls in 1848, generations of her suffrage sisters had faced public disdain, humiliation, rotten eggs, violent opposition, and prison as they petitioned, campaigned, lobbied, marched, and pleaded for their simple rights as citizens. Now the promise of the franchise, so long delayed, was within sight; the political emancipation of half of the United States'' citizens was at stake. And here, of all places, where she''d never imagined it possible, in the South, in Nashville.Tennessee could become the elusive thirty-sixth state to ratify the federal woman suffrage amendment. Or it could end the quest in failure.

The Tennessee legislature would soon be called into special session to vote on ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, popularly called "the Susan B. Anthony Amendment," one simple sentence stating that a citizen''s right to vote could not be denied on account of sex. Nothing revolutionary, to Carrie Catt''s mind. It was really just a clarification, an essential correction, of the Founding Fathers'' damned shortsightedness.

Just over a year earlier, in June 1919, the amendment had finally been pushed through both houses of the U.S. Congress-after forty years of willful delay. Catt had kicked up her heels and broken into a wild dance when that news arrived. The amendment then moved to the states for ratification. She knew it would be a tough slog: suffragists had to convince at least thirty-six state legislatures-three-quarters of the forty-eight states in the Union-to accept the amendment, while those opposed needed just thirteen states to vote it down and kill it. The ratification campaign proved even slower and uglier than Catt expected; she had been sure it would be over by now, but it wasn''t. By midsummer 1920, thirty-five states had ratified the amendment, eight had rejected, three were refusing to consider; North Carolina and Tennessee were still up in the air, but North Carolina was a sure bet to reject. That left only Tennessee as a possible thirty-sixth state.

If the Tennessee legislature could be persuaded, pressured, cajoled, and coerced (all these techniques would be needed, Catt was certain) to ratify the amendment, suffrage would become federal law, allowing every woman, in every state, to vote in all elections. Victory at last, hallelujah, and just in time for the upcoming presidential election.

But if Tennessee did not ratify, derailing the full enfranchisement of twenty-seven million women before the fall elections, all might be lost. The momentum was stalling after several state legislatures had voted down ratification this past spring and summer. Although the "No" votes in Georgia and Louisiana had surprised no one-nearly every southern state of the old Confederacy had rejected the amendment-the loss in more moderate, mid-Atlantic Delaware was a shock. A defeat in Tennessee, which enjoyed stronger suffrage sympathies and deeper organization than the other southern states, would allow the forces against suffrage to gain strength, new legal obstacles to be thrown into the path, men to forget what women had contributed to the Great War effort, women to lose heart. That crucial sense of inevitability, the public assumption that to support woman suffrage was simply to keep in step with the march of progress, was faltering. And that infuriating question-is America really ready for women to vote, to be equal citizens?-was bubbling up again. Adding to her agitation, the newspapers were filled with the sorts of stories that gave Americans good reason to be in a sour mood.

Even after seventeen million people had been killed in the so-called Great War, the world was still aflame. The Russian Bolsheviks were invading Poland and vowing to advance into Romania and Bulgaria, Latvia, and Lithuania; the Ottoman Turks were fighting the Greeks while continuing to massacre and deport Armenians; the Irish nationalist Sinn FŽin was skirmishing with British troops. Mexico was spiraling into civil war again; factions were battling in China. The premise, trumpeted by so many posters and in so many parades, that American men had fought and died in the War to End All Wars looked to be a fake.

Even the peace seemed chimerical: the negotiations at Paris had dragged on for months, and the U.S. Senate had recently refused to accept the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, objecting to President Wilson''s plan for a League of Nations to settle international disputes. Americans wanted nothing more to do with foreign entanglements. Catt thought the league was the only good thing to come out of the horrible war; she''d written and spoken in its favor and was disgusted by the backlash against it.

The war had brought neither the peace nor the prosperity the nation had been promised. As Catt''s train sped toward Nashville, streetcar workers were striking in Chicago, coal miners were stuck in long, bloody lockouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois, garment workers were threatening in New Jersey. There''d been nationwide steel mill, coal, railroad, and shipbuilding strikes in 1919-more than two thousand strikes around the country-while race riots had erupted in many cities. The postwar economic recession had now deepened into a full-blown depression. National Prohibition, which Catt had supported as a way to protect women and children from alcohol-fueled abuse, was only adding to the climate of violence, as federal agents pulled their enforcement shotguns on backwoods moonshiners and city bootleggers while mobsters jockeyed for turf with machine guns.

Anarchists were taking advantage of the turmoil, and accounts of exploding bombs in mail packages, in cars, and in offices and homes were a staple news item. The government was responding with raids, mass arrests, and deportations of suspected radicals (a pair of Italian anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti had recently been arrested in Massachusetts) authorized by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, whose own home had been bombed the year before. The "Palmer Raids" were executed by his ambitious young assistant J. Edgar Hoover, who''d begun keeping secret files on those who questioned or criticized the government, anyone who wasn''t a "Good American." Carrie Catt was also being watched.

And every day this summer there was another article about a cheeky fellow in Boston named Charles Ponzi, who had convinced thousands of people to give him their money with promises of too-good-to-be-true investment returns: double your money in ninety days. Ponzi''s clever pyramid scheme was definitely too good to be true, and he would soon be under arrest. Even the national pastime, baseball, was under a cloud of suspicion: rumors were circulating that several Chicago White Sox players had deliberately made bad plays to throw the 1919 World Series in exchange for cash from gamblers. All this only added to the national dyspepsia; Americans felt as if they''d been fed too many lies, taken for chumps one too many times.

The newly minted presidential candidates had quickly picked up on the zeitgeist. Republican nominee Warren Harding was already talking about a return to "normalcy" and "America First," which Catt understood meant a retreat from progressive ideas and a slide back to comfortable, conservative policies. Democrat James Cox was carefully hedging his bets on everything. If the amendment didn''t pass now, before the election, before the nation swung into an isolationist, reactionary frame of mind, it might never pass at all.

Miss Josephine Pearson was dusty from the soot flying into her trainÕs open windows and a bit stiff from the hard wooden-slat seat, but she didnÕt mind the discomforts. Pearson had received a telegram earlier that Saturday afternoon at her home in Monteagle, a hamlet perched high on TennesseeÕs Cumberland Plateau.

"Mrs. Catt arrived. Our forces are being notified to rally at once. Send orders-and come immediately." She was to take command in Nashville.

The summons thrilled her. As president of the Tennessee State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage and also head of the state division of the Southern Women''s League for the Rejection of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, Josephine was the proud leader of the Tennessee Antis. Now the fight had come home to her Volunteer State. This would be Tennessee''s time of trial and, she prayed, triumph. With God''s help, it would meet the challenge of beating back the scourge of woman suffrage, holding fast against the feminist epidemic sweeping the nation and now threatening her home. This was her crusade and this was her moment.

She was fifty-two years old, and all of her training-college, graduate degrees, and her years as an educator-had prepared her for this mission. She knew she was doing God''s will, fulfilling a sacred vow to her beloved mother, who had understood the dangers of female suffrage, how it mocked the plan of the Creator, undermined women''s purity and the noble chivalry of men, and threatened the home and the family.The Bible said a woman''s place was in the home, as loving wife and mother, not in the dirty realm of politics, not in the polling booth or in the jury box, where her delicate sensibilities could be assaulted, her morals sullied and even corrupted. Her men knew what was best for her, would protect and cherish her, make laws and decisions for her benefit. Pearson felt there was no need to question the wisdom of Tennessee men or Tennessee laws.

But the threat went beyond this. Woman suffrage could upend the supremacy of the white race and the southern way of life. After the brutal disruptions of the Civil War and the upheavals of Reconstruction-when black men were allowed to vote (and some were even elected to the legislature) but former Confederate soldiers were considered traitors and stripped of their voting rights-the southern states had finally achieved a degree of equilibrium, in terms of restoring racial and political relations, the Pearson family believed. Jim Crow laws kept blacks in their place. But if a federal amendment mandated suffrage for all women, that would mean black women, too. Then Washington could demand that black men be allowed to vote, and that was totally unacceptable.

Barely a week before Mother had died in the summer of 1915, in the library of their house on the Methodist Assembly grounds in Monteagle (Father was a retired Methodist minister), Amanda Pearson had grasped Josephine''s hand and implored: "Daughter, when I''m gone-if the Susan B. Anthony Amendment issue reaches Tennessee-promise me, you will take up the opposition, in My Memory!" Josephine bent to kiss her mother''s brow, to impress the vow upon her forehead, and answered: "Yes, God helping, I''ll keep the faith, Mother!"

So when the telegram arrived late Saturday afternoon, it was with a sense of holy purpose that Josephine Pearson quickly packed her travel case, walked from her house to the Monteagle depot, and bought a one-way ticket for the late train to Nashville.

Even before Josephine made the vow to her mother, she had come to the conclusion that suffrage was a dangerous idea; she arrived at this judgment by what she considered empirical and scholarly investigation, as befitted a woman with higher education and intellectual accomplishments. Early in her career she served as a high school principal and went on to teach English and history at Nashville College for Young Ladies and Winthrop State Normal College for Women in South Carolina. In 1909, she assumed the position of dean and chair of philosophy at Christian College in Columbia, Missouri, at a time when Missourians were debating a woman suffrage measure.

She found she often fell into argument with her colleagues and students about woman suffrage and was frequently the sole naysayer at the faculty table. She began to feel isolated, shunned for her resistance against the popular political tide. She came to resent her faculty colleagues who snubbed her and used their positions to coerce their impressionable students with their terrible suffrage ideas. During semester breaks, Josephine undertook her own version of field research to determine whether women in those few western states where females already had the right to vote, such as Wyoming, were really better off for having the franchise. She collected her own data and conducted interviews and came to the conclusion that suffrage had exposed women to the filth of politics without improving their lives at all. She began to give lectures to antisuffrage audiences and found herself hailed as an Anti leader in the state.

Her academic career in Missouri was cut short in the spring of 1914 by the call to come home to care for her ailing mother, and she returned to Monteagle to nurse her mother and aged father. From her sickbed, Mother continued to write her diatribes against the evils of whiskey and suffrage, and after her death, honoring the vow, Josephine continued the work. She sat at her desk, writing deep into the night, sending her missives to the newspapers in Nashville and Memphis and Chattanooga. The publisher of the Chattanooga Times, Adolph Ochs, was especially welcoming to her antisuffrage proclamations; Ochs''s editorial pages, in both his Chattanooga paper and its sister publication, The New York Times, were firmly in her Anti camp. Pearson''s dedication was recognized and she was eventually tapped to become president of the Tennessee antisuffragists. And now, like the Confederate generals whose brave exploits had been extolled in her family''s parlor, whose names and deeds she knew by heart, she would stand in defense of the South.

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Do not forget Women''s Suffrage in the US
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
I was horrified when my children came home from 2nd grade (6 years apart, same school, same teacher in a solid Seattle Public school) and each gravely told me that they were learning the first use of civil protest was by the Civil Rights Movement for their MLK Day... See more
I was horrified when my children came home from 2nd grade (6 years apart, same school, same teacher in a solid Seattle Public school) and each gravely told me that they were learning the first use of civil protest was by the Civil Rights Movement for their MLK Day celebration assembly. Each time, I asked if their teacher had mentioned the Suffragettes. Each time, she had not. While as immensely crucial, invaluable and ongoing as the Civil Rights Movement is and must remain, I have accounts of ancestors who were suffragettes and who were arrested and imprisoned for daring to say that women are not property, have equal intellect and should have the agency to vote. My great-grandmother took my grandmother as a school girl to Washington DC from the Willamette Valley just after women won the right to vote so that her child would have an understanding of where her vote as an adult would go, why it is so important and precious and hard-earned. While my daughters were both able to meet my grandmother before her death, they will only be the 4th generation of women in the USA who will reach their majority being assured of a federal vote. As the treatment of women across our globe demonstrates, this should not be glossed over. It''s vital we acknowledge all of our history and I commend this book for its effort to do so as well as for laying out the interconnections between the Women''s and Civil Rights Movements.
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Engaging read about a defining moment in our nation’s history
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
This was a thoroughly-enjoyable book. Weiss’s prose really breathes life into history, so much so that you feel like you really understand what makes so many of the women and men she writes about tick. Weiss also does a nice job of applying an intersectional and critical... See more
This was a thoroughly-enjoyable book. Weiss’s prose really breathes life into history, so much so that you feel like you really understand what makes so many of the women and men she writes about tick. Weiss also does a nice job of applying an intersectional and critical lens to the history of women’s suffrage. It was fascinating to read about the deep and complex relationships between Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony in particular. I found it a bit spooky (and comforting?) to learn just how closely the US political and social environment in the early 1900s parallels where we are today. Down to a 1920s Kellyanne Conway(!). It was so powerful to come away with a sense of just how many women have contributed (and continue to contribute) to the advancement of women’s rights since the birth of our nation. I feel more connected to the ongoing American story than ever before. After reading this book I purchased 10 copies for girlfriends of mine. It is an absolute travesty that women are essentially erased from the American historical narrative. If we actually learned the full story of America during our civic lessons in school, we’d be a much better nation for it.
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The Inconceivable Becomes the Inevitable: Women''s Suffrage
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2018
Weiss''s spirited prose keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat while recounting the ratification of the19th Amendment. Although 26 nations had already granted their female citizens the vote, it wasn''t until 1920 that MOST American women could partake in national... See more
Weiss''s spirited prose keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat while recounting the ratification of the19th Amendment. Although 26 nations had already granted their female citizens the vote, it wasn''t until 1920 that MOST American women could partake in national elections.

In 1848, Seneca Falls, NY hosted the First Women''s Rights Convention. Based on the Declaration of Independence, the attendees drafted 8 sentiments of equal rights that women desired. It was a man, Frederick Douglass, who urged the Convention to add a 9th sentiment: the right to vote. Douglass asserted that true citizenship could not be attained without the right to the ballot. With this, the Suffragette movement in the USA was born.

The Susan B. Anthony Amendment (#19) passed by one vote in both houses of Congress in 1919. Within a year, a two-thirds majority of the existing states needed to ratify the Amendment i.e. 36 states. By June of 1920, 9 states rejected the Amendment, 3 states refused to even consider ratification, and 35 states ratified the Amendment. (The reader will be amazed at which states voted no.) The fate of women''s suffrage was left to ratification in the Tennessee legislature. The author introduces fascinating details about the many players in this drama: Tennessee politicians, Republican and Democrat, a sitting President and candidates running in the 1920 Presidential election, Anti-Suffragettes and Suffragettes. (What a shock to learn that both Eleanor Roosevelt and Edith Wilson were on the side of the Anti''s!) Many of the Suffragettes had earned their political chops as Abolishionists. They were fighting for the vote for all women regardless of race. Anti''s raised the alarm about the dissipation of state''s rights and the polluting nature of politics on motherhood and southern family life. They preached to the prejudice against Negro women having the vote. Tensions mounted in the Tennessee summer heat, as both sides exhorted to lies, influence peddling and bribery. By whom and how were legislators in both Tennessee houses influenced? The vote was a cliff hanger!

Ten million women voted for the first time on November 2,1920, but two states denied black women the right to vote. From Boston to Orlando, barriers were created to prevent black women from voting and some blacks, men and women, were killed in their attempts to vote. In Chapter 23, entitled Election Day, Weiss chronicles the delayed suffrage for other minorities in America. She highlights the current political efforts to disenfranchise blocs of US citizens. The battle for the ballot, begun so long ago, rages on.
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Important topic but hard to read
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
This would be a good doctoral dissertation because it is meticulously researched but it is so detailed as to become mind numbingly boring. In the end, I could only skim it. I stumbled onto interesting parts but most of it just wasn''t. The main take away is that we are... See more
This would be a good doctoral dissertation because it is meticulously researched but it is so detailed as to become mind numbingly boring. In the end, I could only skim it. I stumbled onto interesting parts but most of it just wasn''t. The main take away is that we are still living through the same attempts to limit the vote much of it on the basis of race.
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Interesting Read
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2019
I bought this some time ago but chose to read this now as a nod to Womens History Month. It summarizes the American suffrage movement and specifically focuses on the battle in Tennessee to be the 36th state to pass the 19th amendment in 1920, the last state ratification... See more
I bought this some time ago but chose to read this now as a nod to Womens History Month. It summarizes the American suffrage movement and specifically focuses on the battle in Tennessee to be the 36th state to pass the 19th amendment in 1920, the last state ratification needed to add it to the U.S. Constitution. I found it a useful read as it reminded of the nexus between the abolition, temperance, suffrage, and progressive movements for much of the latter part of the 19th century. Sadly, it also tells of the internecine battles these movements had and the racism cynically invoked to further their own agendas. Not a finest hour whatever the reason for the tactic.

Stylistically, the story was workmanlike---- competently handled but not elevated or incisive. I thought it too much of a journalist''s account with occasional near-forays into character thoughts. This was not so much a distraction as it was a detriment to the subject. Building suspense in a timeline for which the outcome is known is a tricky business and I don''t think the author succeeded despite the novelesque plotting. Still, a worthwhile if not an exceptional read.
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Excellent account of the final push to ratify the 19th Amendment
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
Elaine Weiss has written a blockbuster just in time to help celebrate the Centennial of Woman Suffrage, i.e., passage of the 19th Amendment. She stayed in our city of Nashville, TN several months over a period of years, to do extensive research about the final push that... See more
Elaine Weiss has written a blockbuster just in time to help celebrate the Centennial of Woman Suffrage, i.e., passage of the 19th Amendment. She stayed in our city of Nashville, TN several months over a period of years, to do extensive research about the final push that occurred in the summer of 2019. Her research is excellent and the book is a compelling read. As one with a minor degree in women''s studies, I thought I had read all about women''s history. However, I learned several new things by reading this book. I am most excited that she included a full page picture of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument that stands in Centennial Park in Nashville, TN where that vote took place when Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment. . I am the founder of the Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc. that raised the money and commissioned the statue to create a memorial for future generations so that the work of the Tennessee suffragists will not be forgotten. I highly recommend this book.
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Dirty Tricks and Anti''s Women Still Got the Vote
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2019
choose this book because next year 2020 is when the 19th amendment actually was ratified and women got the right to vote. This is the story of the struggle in Tennessee to get the 36th state to vote for ratification. Although it isn''t always the easiest read it... See more
choose this book because next year 2020 is when the 19th amendment actually was ratified and women got the right to vote. This is the story of the struggle in Tennessee to get the 36th state to vote for ratification.

Although it isn''t always the easiest read it is an amazing one. Many historical tidbits are included and then we meet the women who worked for passage and those who worked against it. Would it surprise you to know that also it was a negligible vote Mississippi didn''t ratify the amendment until 1984. there are other things that will astonish you. And I mean women readers, but men may enjoy it as well and meet the men who fought for passage and those who fought against it and all the dirty tricks that went on in Tennessee.
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Lyn Richards
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Great history
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
The history of women’s suffrage ought to be more widely known, and the true battle more honored. This book was extremely well-researched and has so much information, most of which I needed to learn. But it was hard to read for two reasons. First, the cast of characters is... See more
The history of women’s suffrage ought to be more widely known, and the true battle more honored. This book was extremely well-researched and has so much information, most of which I needed to learn. But it was hard to read for two reasons. First, the cast of characters is very extensive and was hard to follow. Second, it was difficult to read because women still have not achieved equal status, although it’s been nearly 200 years of fighting. The ERA remains unratified. Hysteria surrounds the myth that families will be destroyed if women are treated equally. Sexual harassment abounds. Women are still regarded as the property of men and are abused accordingly. Each day in the United States, an average of three women are assaulted or killed by their partner. The arguments used against giving women the vote are the same ones being used today - literally one hundred years later. Women are underrepresented in every profession, and still earn a fraction of what men are paid. We love to scream about how valuable women are in the home, except when it comes to actually valuing that contribution. It made me depressed and angry to realize how very hard it is to make such minuscule progress.
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