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
This book was a suffrage thriller! It's about the fight to get Tennessee to ratify the 19th amendment and it's a fascinating read. It's also super revelatory about the debates today. Here are a few takeaways and thoughts:
1. The anti-suffrage women--these are today's conservative women who always seem to be fighting against their own political representation. I will never understand it, but what was fascinating here is that every single phyllis schlafly and Sarah Palin and Tomi Lahern's today wo ...more
This book should be made into a feature film. It was a joy to read and to learn about the women who never gave up on their goal even if it took over seven decades to finally achieve their goal.
A must read for every woman to fully appreciate our right to vote.
A quote from Carrie Catt on pages 323- 324 in the book:
"The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guaranty of your liberty. The vote of yours has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women. Women have s ...more
When i picked up this book, i was surprised to realize I knew absolutely nothing about how the 19th amendment was passed. i'm glad i've corrected that gap! I found this very interesting; it focuses in on the fight to ratify the amendment in Tennessee, the 36th state needed for the amendment to pass. and there was so much drama at the nail-biting conclusion! crazy when something so significant (my right to vote!) comes down to the decision of a couple of male legislators. I didn't know there was ...more
Elaine Weiss does a commendable job of writing about the last big battle before the ratification granting women the right to vote. The book reads like fiction and definitely helped me better understand both the Suffragettes and the "Antis'. There were so many different issues and players in this fight for ratification. It was amazing that it was passed and a true testament to the will and drive the Suffragettes had.
Carl Sagan once said, "You have to know the past to understand the present" and M ...more
This book was excellent. It reminded me how much politics has changed, and how much it has remained the same. I kept exclaiming, "I have lived this!" Especially as we approach the century anniversary of sufferage, this book seems timely.
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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.
A fantastic work of narrative nonfiction that offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it took for Tennessee to ratify suffrage and how this led to women having the right to vote across the U.S.
Sadly, many of the issues being discussed 100 years ago are still relevant today. Thankfully, women are reclaiming their political power. Let us hope that the unity created by the International Women Marches leads to changes at such a grand scale as that described in this book.