The Woman's Hour

The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Author(s): Elaine Weiss
Original Publish Date: Mar 06, 2018
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Product Number: Z100127656
Released: Mar 06, 2018
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ISBN: #9780525532446
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"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader"—Hillary Rodham Clinton Soon to Be a Major Television Event 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...?he 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...?eiss'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.

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Author(s): Elaine Weiss
Product Number EB00707259
Released: Mar 06, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780698407831

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"In her introduction, author Elaine Weiss frames a pivotal moment in the tumultuous saga of American women's suffrage in the early twentieth century. In 1920, Tennessee sits poised to become the majority state needed for federal ratification of the 19th amendment. Narrator Tavia Gilbert's portrayals of opposition activists, politicians, and proponents of universal voting rights swell with the weight of their moral convictions. Her subtle Tennessee drawl and East Coast accents distinguish local players from national activists and special interest groups. Despite her sympathetic tone for the suffragists, Weiss doesn't hesitate to discuss the complex dynamics and pervasive racism among groups for and against the amendment. While listeners know the end result, they'll be swept up by Gilbert's impassioned performance nonetheless. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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