Historians Elaine Weiss and Martha S. Jones join CBS News correspondent Meg Oliver. They discuss how three generations had to fight in order for the 19th Amendment to become law. Weiss, an award-winning journalist and author of "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote," explains how the hope of the suffrages came down to a 24-year-old state representative in Tennessee. While the passage of the 19th Amendment technically gave 27 million women the right to vote in the 1920 presidential election, Jones explains how the fight for Black women continued for decades. Jones is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All."
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by the author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” Elaine Weiss. They talk about the fascinating history of women’s suffrage, including the brave individuals who fought against misogyny, racism, and corporate interests to secure the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Follow Elaine: @efweiss5.
In August 1920, the seven-decade battle for women’s suffrage was decided by a single state. Thirty-five states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment while twelve had rejected or refused to vote. It all came down to Tennessee. Acclaimed journalist Elaine Weiss brought us a chronicle of this tumultuous climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history—the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. Weiss arrived at Town Hall with insight from her book The Woman’s Hour, chronicling the suffragettes, politicians, railroad magnates, liquor companies, and “antis”—women who opposed their own enfranchisement—who gathered in Nashville for a vicious face-off at this turning point in American history. Join Weiss for an inspiring story of female activists who won their 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. Recorded live at the Summit by Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
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