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....
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The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote Reviews
I really wanted to be enthralled by this book, but I felt as if the author wanted to tell me every bit of research she uncovered in the process of writing this book. In my opinion, it was a little too lengthy.
That said, I’m glad I listened to it. I’m glad to know more about the long, hard fight for the women’s right to vote.
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
It took 71 years and generations of women (and some men) to gain the vote for women in the U.S. through ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution—from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, where the convention-approved Declaration of Sentiments first put the issue in the political arena, until 1920, when a constitutional amendment finally gained ratification by the states.
While today it might seem inconceivable that women could be prevented from voting, passage of the amendment was n ...more
Well, I certainly learned a great deal reading this book. I really would like to have given it 3 1/2 stars. It was packed with so much information about the suffragette movement and the 72 years of struggle to gain the passage of the 19th Amendment. The organization of the book often left me struggling to remember who was who. There are so many major players, both women in the movement, those against the movement, and the all the politicians involved. Suggestions to include a chart or subchapter ...more
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The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss follows a handful of brave women who fought for the right to vote with cameos from Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The narrative presented primarily takes place in Nashville, August 1920. By this time only one more state is required for ratification of the nineteenth amendment and everything falls on Tennessee. The op ...more
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
Summer of 1920, Nashville. The 19th Amendment is perilously close to passing, or to failing. If it fails here, women's suffrage is over for a long time. The chances to pass are few. There is a large contingent of women pressuring the legislature to pass it. There is an equally large group of women against passage. The states' rights argument is revived. It is an interesting read. But, it is also a read that will make you want to scream. We know how it ends. But, how it got there, it wasn't prett ...more