Book Talk: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Elaine Weiss, Journalist
April 21, 2020 · 7:00 pm-8:30 pm · Princeton Public Library
Princeton Public Library
Author and journalist Elaine Weiss discusses her book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. The book is the story of the multi-faceted 1920 struggle to get the state of Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state – Tennessee – is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and 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 nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, “The Woman’s Hour” is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.