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Women's Suffrage (02:58)


It took 1,000 legal enactments to establish women's rights. Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony established the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869; the Anthony Amendment became the 19th amendment to the Constitution.

Suffrage in Tennessee (01:15)

Elizabeth Avery Meriwether was one of the first leaders in Tennessee; Lyde Parker Smith Meriwether founded the Memphis Equal Rights Association. The sisters established the Tennessee Equal Rights Association and hosted the 46th National American Woman's Suffrage Association convention.

A Call to Arms (02:37)

In 1919, the Senate and House of Representatives approved the Anthony Amendment. A telegram from President Wilson forced Tennessee to hold a special session to consider ratification.

The War of the Roses (11:48)

Pro and anti-Suffragists converged on Nashville. Political factions divided the suffragists and Carrie Chapman Catt helped create a unified voice. African American suffragettes were also present in Nashville.

One Giant Step for Womankind (06:22)

The 61st General Assembly of Tennessee convened on August 9, 1920. The Senate voted in favor of ratification on August 13th; the House of Representatives voted in favor on August 20th. Governor Roberts signed the certificate of ratification on the 24th.

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In July of 1920, all eyes were on Nashville, Tennessee as anti- and pro-suffragists fought for their vision of a socially evolving United States. This program chronicles the dramatic vote to ratify the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote, and the years of debate about women's suffrage that preceded it. On July 17, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, arrived to spend a few days in Nashville. She was traveling on the heels of Tennessee Governor A.H. Roberts' announcement of a special session of the state legislature, called at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson. Catt's few days dragged into weeks at her headquarters in the Hermitage Hotel, where pro- and anti- suffragists continued to clash in what came to be known as the "War of the Roses."  On August 18, 1920, the House convened. After two consecutive 48-48 outcomes to table the resolution, it was put to a vote. At the last minute, 24-year-old freshman representative Harry Burn recalled a letter from his mother received that morning, urging him to, "be a good boy" and grant women the right to vote. In spite of wearing a red rose, Burn swung his vote, making Tennessee the deciding 36th state to enable passage of the 19th Amendment.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL154862

ISBN: 978-1-64347-875-3

Copyright date: ©2016

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