The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political victories in American history: the down and dirty campaign to get the last state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote."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 The Woman's Hour." --Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden FiguresNashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of 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 moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible.Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights....
|Title||:||The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote|
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The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote Reviews
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A good nonfiction book about the fight to get Tennessee to ratify the 19th amendment. 36 states were needed for the amendment to become law and only 35 states had ratified so far. A handful of states had voted down the amendment. This is a compelling pageturner in Weiss's hands.
Over the course of two steamy weeks in August 1920, hoards of suffragists, anti-suffragists, lobbyists and lawmakers descended on Nashville, Tennessee in a fight to the finish to make Tennessee the thirty-sixth and final state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. This was the final chance and both sides would do whatever it took to win-bullying, bribery, blackmail, and even kidnapping. I was on the edge of my seat. I had no idea how close the suffragists came to los ...more
I believe I will think back on this book and the hundreds of women who gave much, and sometimes everything, every time I enter a voting booth. In just a short time, I am amazed that these women and their decades-long fight for the right to vote is something I have never really heard much about. To these women, and all those who today fight for what they believe in, I give my heart-felt thanks and love. Even though we may have different views about things, all American women owe these women so mu ...more
The amount of detail in this review of the final ratification of the 19th Amendment is almost mind boggling and the extensive Notes and Bibliography stand as proof of the amount of work this title required. At times it's almost a minute-by-minute, play-by-play look at the struggle between the Suffs and the Antis as they worked around the clock at times to get the 36th state to ratify the amendment. Keeping track of the numerous players and which side they supported was challenging. A list of nam ...more
This one took me quite a while to make it through. It is just packed with information and was not a book that you could speed read. Even though I knew that the 19th amendment was obviously ratified, I doubted the outcome as I was reading. We owe such a debt of gratitude to the many women and men who stood their moral ground and worked to make universal suffrage an actuality in the United States. We still need to work to make sure that all who are eligible can vote and that all respect this privi ...more
It is remarkable that men actually voted to give women the right to vote. This book takes you through the passage in Tennessee, the final state needed for ratification of the constitutional amendment. It is a well written look at that part of our history and reminds us that we all must continue to work towards equal rights for all people,equal pay, equal access to the vote,etc....
From the cover, you'd never know this was a book about the battle for final ratification of the 19th amendment in Tennessee. That was my first big turn-off. It always and immediately turns me off when book publishers obfuscate about a book's actual content.
I was prepared, however, to give Weiss a pass since this is such an important topic. However, reading the book, I felt a lot of deja vu. It seemed like I was just reading the same stories -- yes, she tells them in an upbeat, engaging, very rea ...more