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The woman's hour : the great fight to win the vote
2018
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"Nashville, 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 theirrespective 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"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

An account of the 1920 ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted voting rights to women traces the culmination of seven decades of legal battles and cites the pivotal contributions of famous suffragists and political leaders. - (Baker & Taylor)

An uplifting account of the 1920 ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted voting rights to women traces the culmination of seven decades of legal battles and cites the pivotal contributions of famous suffragists and political leaders. - (Baker & Taylor)

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

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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.

"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

"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


Nashville, 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. - (Penguin Putnam)

Author Biography

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). - (Penguin Putnam)

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*Starred Review* After 70 years of struggle to secure the right to vote for women, the fate of female suffrage hung on the tangled internal politics of Tennessee in August 1920. Powerful suffragists and anti-suffrage forces converged in Nashville as the state legislators met to decide if Tennessee would be the thirty-fifth and final vote needed to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. Twelve states had already rejected or refused to vote for the amendment. This was its last chance. In the sweltering heat of August, suffragists confronted the volatile mix of politics, commerce, and social change at the end of WWI and the start of Prohibition. Southern pols fretted about liquor and railroad interests, federal meddling, protection of southern womanhood, and a desire to suppress the black vote, not widen it with the addition of black women voters. Ratification was coming ahead of the presidential election in November, creating complications for politicians from Democratic president Woodrow Wilson to the governor and local pols. What would the future hold for any of them if women won the right to vote? All the while, the suffragists struggled with their own internecine battles over tactics and the legacy of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Weiss brings to life the fascinating characters at the heart of one of the most pivotal events in U.S. history with striking similarity to the social and political tensions of today. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(6)
Chapter 1 To Nashville
7(16)
Chapter 2 Lay of the Land
23(15)
Chapter 3 The Feminist Peril
38(7)
Chapter 4 The Woman Question
45(12)
Chapter 5 Democracy at Home
57(8)
Chapter 6 The Governor's Quandary
65(9)
Chapter 7 The Blessing
74(13)
Chapter 8 On Account of Sex
87(15)
Chapter 9 Front Porch
102(13)
Chapter 10 Home and Heaven
115(16)
Chapter 11 The Woman's Hour
131(11)
Chapter 12 Cranking the Machine
142(11)
Chapter 13 Prison Pin
153(12)
Chapter 14 Fieldwork
165(20)
Chapter 15 A Real and Threatening Danger
185(13)
Chapter 16 War of the Roses
198(17)
Chapter 17 In Justice to Womanhood
215(20)
Chapter 18 Terrorizing Tennessee Manhood
235(22)
Chapter 19 Petticoat Government
257(21)
Chapter 20 Armageddon
278(19)
Chapter 21 The Hour Has Come
297(12)
Chapter 22 Liberty Bell
309(16)
Chapter 23 Election Day
325(13)
Epilogue 338(3)
Acknowledgments 341(4)
Notes 345(38)
Bibliography 383(10)
Index 393

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