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Let's Talk About It: Women's Suffrage: April: The Woman's Hour

In January 2021, the Woodward Library was awarded a grant from the American Library Association and support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This guide provides an overview of grant materials and upcoming programming.

April 2022 Program

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

Facilitators: Dr. Jill Eichhorn, Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor at APSU
Brenda Harper, former co-chair of the Tennessee Triumph Steering Committee and local suffrage historian

When: Thursday, April 21, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Woodward Library, Room 232

About the Book

The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss

Call Number: JK1911.T2 W45 2018

ISBN: 9780525429722

Publication Date: 2018-03-06

Nashville, August 1920. It all comes down to Tennessee for the suffragists and the 19th Amendment. The opposing forces include politicians, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis"--women who fearing voting will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in 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.

American History Q&A Program on Ratification of 19th Amendment - Interview, C-SPAN

Discussion Questions

Use the questions below to guide your reading and prepare for the session. (All discussion questions provided by the ALA.)

  1. Why do you think anti-suffragists were so powerful? Why did they oppose votes for women?

  2. Many stories about the suffrage movement overlook the anti-suffragists. Why do you think they do that? What do you think anti-suffragists add to this story?

  3. What kinds of tactics did suffragists use and which ones do you think proved to be the most effective?

  4. Which activist–suffragist or anti-suffragist–most interested you and why?

  5. Though Tennessee ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, Weiss shows us just how close the state's representatives came to rejecting it. How does Weiss create a compelling story?

  6. There is a television adaptation of The Woman's Hour currently in the works. What do you hope to see in a screen version of this story?