Ain Apparently Weiss likens Mrs Catt to a divine messenger2 Bas relief "Of Miss Nashville Depicted "Miss Nashville depicted goddess over the main entrance of the station This imagery shows how entrenched the Cult of True Womanhood was in early 2oth century Tenneessee3 Bas relief of a LN train and engine bursting forth from a wall In the historical narrative of US American woman s suffrage the LN line fought against woman suffrage in Tenneesse This is made clear in the book but never explainedBy reading this book I have learned of the progression of middle class women into the public realmDuring the Great Awakenings congregations needed preachers women stepped pDuring the Abolitionist Movement women act as donors orators writersWith the advent of typewriters women start working as typist secretariesDuring the Great War women worked industrial and communications jobsview spoilerAfter WWI women had as a group learned all they needed to to run two large camps of organizations Suffragists and Antis Both camps did their job of lobbying wellNote There were other jobs middle class women did such as nursing that did not so obviously contribute to women being able to organize service and promote large groups hide spoiler I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 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 "vote with cameos from Woodrow Wilson Warren G Harding Frederick Douglass and Eleanor Roosevelt The narrative primarily takes place in Nashville August 1920 By this time only one state is reuired for ratification of the nineteenth amendmen Being a history enthusiast and coming from a maternal line of political junkies the dates 1848 and 1920 were entrenched in my brain from an early age The years that American women first organized at Seneca Falls New York and then won the right to vote seventy years later are milestone events in United States history My grandmother liked to remind me that she never missed a trip to the ballot box in her life from the time she was an eligible voter Yet women s enfranchisement was not an foregone conclusion by any means as a thirty sixth state was needed to win ratification to the Constitution The battle that had been brewing since the nation s inception came down to the Volunteer State of Tennessee As the United States nears the one hundredth anniversary of women s suffrage Elaine F Weiss pays homage to the suffragists and their opponents the antis in The Woman s Hour The Great Fight to Win the Vote Weiss takes readers back to Nashville Tennessee in 1920 as the battle for women s suffrage reached an epic conclusion In 1872 young Carrie Lane woke The Highlander and the Wolf Princess (Legend of the Faol, up on Election Day and witnessed her father and the family s farm hands leave to go vote Her mother an educated woman was not journeying with the adults and Carrie asked why not The farm hands mostly illiterate snickered only men were allowed to vote even if many college educated women knew about current events than they did This was the law of the land that only men could vote and the incident triggered a spark in Carrie Lane that would last the rest of her life Nearly fifty years later Carrie Chapman Catt had devoted her entire life to enfranchising women to vote After attending a rally for suffrage as a young adult Catt had the pleasure of meeting Susan B Anthony founder of the movement along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848 Catt joined the ranks of Aunt Susan s Girls and the fledgling National American Women s Suffrage Association NAWSA as the women wouldse any means necessary to achieve full American citizenship through voting A movement is considered successful if it swells in ranks and splinters into multiple groups that differ
In Ideology Yet Have ideology yet have end goal of achieving the same dream This occurred in 1908 with the women s movement when Alice Paul broke ranks and founded the National Women s Party NWP While the women of NAWS. En decade crusade The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake liuor 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 bigotr.
Free download The Woman's HourThis 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 nderstand it but what "always seem to be fighting against their own political representation I will never nderstand it but what fascinating here is that every single phyllis schlafly and Sarah Palin and Tomi Lahern s today would say that of course they would be fighting for suffrage but they wouldn t That s the pathetic and sad truth 2 The anti suffrage men were in a few camps bought by railroads or liuor interests who thought women would be against them and the men who thought that the women would join a womens party and The Princes Ultimate Deception (Monte Carlo Affairs, unseat them This goes back to point one but it seems that everyone was afraid that women would join together and push female candidates and form a coalition to push for certain interests against war alcohol corruption but ha Jokes ons we totally didn t Ugh3 Shocking to me that Eleanor Roosevelt and Ida Tarbell were anti vote and so was Wilson s wife I cannot fathom it And Harding and Wilson seems to show not all that much strength either way here 4 The racism of the suffragettes Yikes I mean I sort of knew about Susan B Anthony s infamous rants but it seems to have been pervasive though not total And it s just Breaking the Governesss Rules unbelievable that they would be willing to throw their black female sistersnder the bus so that they could get the vote though Anthony felt like Frederick Douglass through the girls nder the bus to get the 15th amendment passed But they wouldn t let Ida B Wells
#MARCH WITH THEM AND THEY KEPT #with them and they kept arguments that the womens vote would not threaten white supremacy in the south oh by the way that s what this whole thing hinged on in Tennessee by the way the Klan having long made the 15th amendment null and void Charming Such a great book It is the battleground of Memphis Tennessee in August 1920 where Carrie Catt and Alice Paul suffragettes stand toe to toe with Josephine Pearson an anti suffragette The fight for the 19th Amendment comes down to one needed state to ratify giving the vote to women in America It is an election year and Tennessee governor Albert Roberts wants to make sure he is re elected His stance on the Susan B Anthony Amendment could make or break his campaign In the hopes that the woman vote will get him another term Roberts calls a special session of the Tennessee legislature to consider the amendment The women of the suffrage movement are split between the Catt s National American Women s Suffrage Association and the radical National Women s Party led by Paul They both go after the men of Tennessee s House and Senate while their opponent Pearson pulls some dirty tricks of her own to try to suash the vote The days leading p to the vote are frenzied and stressful for all involved Each side knows that whichever way the vote goes it will be by a narrow margin The savior of the day is one Harry Burn who on the advice of his mother makes a very last minute decision that heralds a monumental change in the lives of all American womenThis is one of those non fiction books that reads like a novel The constant changes in those days leading p to the final vote can at times be nail biting It is a story that all women need to read Many women fought to get the right to vote Many women fought against it as well I think a lot of modern women take the ability to vote for granted It shows in our polls with only about 63% of eligible women voting in the 2016 November election This is an excellent book that will make you want to go out and join the League of Women Voters and stand as a proud voter The start of this book thrilled me We see imagery of the Union Station in Nashville 1 Mercury alight on the steeple of Union Station Weiss notes this Mercury depiction as Mrs Catt of NAWSA enters Nashville on the tr. 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 voteNashville 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 sev. A practiced nonviolence after seeing how abolitionists lead by Frederick Douglass and William "Lloyd Garrison achieved an end to slavery and gained black men s voting "Garrison achieved an end to slavery and gained black men s voting women of the NWP sed a model practiced by English suffragists lead by Emmeline Pankhurst Pankhurst would se any means necessary to achieve suffrage and Paul followed her lead holding rallies at the White House "and burning the President s likeness in effigy Many of her members saw jail time earned Prison Pins and "burning the President s likeness in effigy Many of her members saw jail time earned Prison Pins and the country on the Jail time Special to canvass for suffrage Not all women believed that their sisters should vote especially in the south The Anti movement lead by Josephine Pearson in a promise to her mother Amanda at the core believed that giving women suffrage would lead to the breakdown of the American family With women working outside of the home and gaining key positions in government they would no longer be homemakers and child rearers even prominent women Eleanor Roosevelt and Ida Tarbell believed in the cause In essence society would be on the verge of collapse That this took place after fighting to defeat bolshevism in the Great War and the winning of women s suffrage in many European nations is telling Additionally southern whites saw the women s voting as allowing Negro women the right to vote Already Negro men could vote and their combined numbers were sure to overturn white supremacy in the south With each group the Suffragists and Antis having strong arguments as to why or why not women should be allowed to vote hundreds of women converged on Nashville Tennessee s Hermitage Hotel in August 1920 as the battle for women s suffrage reached its epic conclusion Even though women have now been voting for nearly one hundred years Weiss account of the battle for Tennessee to ratify women s suffrage read like a thriller As Catt foresaw the battle for women to vote would be fought by men Both the Suffragists and the Antis recruited the women of Tennessee to be on their side of the battle and these women were in charge of canvassing the state to convince law makers of both parties to be on their side People of both sides and genders stooped to the sual political tactics of blackmail bribery carousing and the promise of future political appointments One could tell if a law maker sided with the Suffragists or Antis by the yellow or red rose that he placed in his lapel On a few occasions meetings with key women on both sides saw lawmakers switch their allegiance from yes to no and back again In the steamy pre air conditioned environment of 1920 Nashville a few courageous men switched their allegiance from no to yes once and for all and the 19th amendment won its thirty sixth state the two thirds majority needed for ratification The women had their hour Today there is a sculpture in Nashville s Central Park honoring the NAWSA members who won Tennessee for the Suffragists Women voted for the first time in 1920 and have been ever since often surpassing men s participation at the ballot box The Antis argument is not without merit and the women s movement of today includes in its ranks women who have chosen to be homemakers and stay at women who have chosen to be homemakers and stay at moms I can proudly say that I have stayed home to raise my kids and vote on a regular basis Despite reading biographies about Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton from the time I was a kid I was The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey unfamiliar with the micro history that lead to the passage of the 1920 constitutional amendment Elaine F Weiss has done a magnificent job of bringing these events to life and honoring the women on both sides of the fight who eventually gained votes for women As women s history month approaches The Women s Hour was a worthy read to get me inspired to celebrate women s history month nearly one hundred years after the great fight Note This is a current read in the Nonfiction Book Club here on goodreads and the ongoing discussion is almost as compelling as the fight to win the vote 5 star. Y Jack Daniel's and the BibleFollowing 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.