The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

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 Figures


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.

Title:The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525429722
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    The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote Reviews

  • Diane S ?

    After thinking about this book overnight, I've changed my rating to five stars. When an author can take a book, where we already know the outcome, but can make it not only interesting, but thrilling a...

  • Brina

    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...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook.. read by Elaine Weiss, and Tavia GilbertJoining the spirit of women’s history month... I chose this book. Thank you to my friends who read it before me -Diane’s review.... saying she be...

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    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...

  • Lorna

    The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote is a comprehensive and meticulously researched study of the fight for the women's vote across the nation but focusing on the fight for the ratificatio...

  • Porter Broyles

    The year is 1920. Every state but two has voted on the 19th Amendment. The two states remaining are Tennessee and North Carolina. There is no question that the issue of women voting in NC is dead on a...

  • Cynda

    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 ...

  • Teri

    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 Amendme...

  • Mehrsa

    This 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 ta...

  • Linh

    This is truly excellent. I will never again believe that women were "given" the vote. They fought tooth and nail to get the enfranchisement. This is something that every woman should read. ...