The Woman's Hour

The Woman's Hour

The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Book - 2018
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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.
"The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history. Nashville, August 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, granting all women the vote, is on the verge of ratification--or defeat. Out of the thirty-six states needed, thirty-five have approved it, and one last state is still in play--Tennessee. After a seven-decade crusade to win the ballot, this is the moment of truth for the suffragists, and Nashville becomes a frenzied battleground as the enormous forces allied for and against women's suffrage make their last stand. Elaine Weiss artfully recasts the saga of women's quest for the vote by focusing on the campaign's last six weeks, when it all came down to one ambivalent state. The dauntless--but divided--suffragists confront the 'Antis'--women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. With the 1920 elections looming, the Suffs are also opposed by wary politicians, corporate lobbyists, and blatant racists who don't want black women voting. In the steaming corridors of Nashville's state house and hotels, they stage a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bourbon, bigotry, and the Bible, and at the last moment, a crucial vote of conscience. [This book] has all the color and drama of a great political novel, but Weiss also shows how the core themes of American history--race, class, money, gender, states' rights, power, and democracy--all came into play in Nashville. Rich with vivid characters--and appearances by Susan B. Anthony, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt--The Woman's Hour shows what it took for activists to win their own freedom and how close they came to losing. Unfolding in the lingering shadow of the Civil War, and in the aftermath of the war to 'make the world safe for democracy,' the drama in Nashville also marks the dawning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights."
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780525429722
Characteristics: 404 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 12, 2018

A sharp snapshot of a political battle that marked the end of a very long war. Of course many of the issues are still with us a century later, and a certain presidential candidate bears some similarities to the current incumbent. But it's really about Tennessee in 1920 and the major forces in that world.

Mar 12, 2018

Until the American voter begins voting in larger numbers, this book is purely antithetical.
[Notice I shall refrain from touching upon a primary reason for women getting the vote in 1920: they came out in large numbers to pass Prohibition, which led to an explosion in the banksters and their crime syndicates, leading to the Great Crash {part Mellon's sucking-blood-from-a-turnip economic warfare policies/part laundering all that money from illegal sale of alcohol through the stock exchange} - - well done! And now we have Trump . . .]


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