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Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (Turning Points)by Eleanor Clift
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A high-profile journalist brings the women?s suffrage movement to life in this latest addition to the Turning Points series
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and women in America finally won the right to vote. Now, in this riveting account, journalist and pundit Eleanor Clift captures the drama of the women?s suffrage movement — and shows how the issues and arguments that surrounded the suffragettes still reverberate today. Beginning with the Seneca Falls Women?s Rights Convention of 1848, Clift introduces us to the movement?s leaders, takes us on marches and demonstrations, and profiles the opposition — anti-suffragettes, both men and women, who would do anything to stop women from getting the vote. The story culminates in the dramatic struggle to pass the 19th Amendment — a struggle that ultimately came down to the vote of a single legislator in Tennessee.
Book News Annotation:
A well-known political analyst recounts US suffragists' long history of struggles to secure women's right to vote in 1920, and notes their relevance to her career and current women's rights issues. The book is not indexed.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Written by respected political analyst and reporter Eleanor Clift, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment relives the dramatic events which led to the most significant key in womens history: the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which finally granted women the right to vote.
Written by political analyst and reporter Eleanor Clift, this volume relives the dramatic events which led to the most significant key in women's history: the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which finally granted women the right to vote.
After seventy-two arduous years, the fate of the suffrage movement and its masterwork, the Nineteenth Amendment, rested not only on one state, Tennessee, but on the shoulders of a single man: twenty-four-year-old legislator Harry Burn. Burn had previously voted with the antisuffrage forces. If he did so again, the vote would be tied and the amendment would fall one state short of the thirty-six necessary for ratification. At the last minute, though, Harry Burns mother convinced him to vote in favor of the suffragist, and American history was forever changed.
In this riveting account, political analyst Eleanor Clift chronicles the many thrilling twists and turns of the suffrage struggle and shows how the issues and arguments that surrounded the movement still reverberate today. Beginning with the Seneca Falls Womans Rights Convention of 1848, Clift introduces the movements leaders, recounts the marches and demonstrations, and profiles the oppositionantisuffragists, both men and women, who would do anything to stop women from getting the vote.
Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment mines the many rich stories buried deep within this tumultuous period of our history. Here, Clift reveals how:
A stirring reminder for women to never take their rights for granted, Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment profiles the brave figures who spent their lives supporting the womens movement over the course of seventy-two years.
"An extraordinary new series intended to capture extraordinary moments in history."
TURNING POINTS features preeminent writers offering fresh, personal perspectives on the defining events of our time.
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William F. Buckley Jr. on the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Sir Martin Gilbert on D-Day
Martin Goldsmith on the Beatles Coming to America
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About the Author
ELEANOR CLIFT is a contributing editor for Newsweek, where she reports on the White House, presidential politics, and a variety of national issues. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated TV show The McLaughlin Group and a political analyst for the Fox News Network. With her husband, Tom Brazaitis, she is the author of Madam President and War Without Bloodshed.
Table of Contents
1. Stirrings of Discontent.
2. "Aint't I A Woman".
3. Testing the Limits.
4. Passing the Torch.
5. Division in the Ranks.
6. Martyr for the Cause.
7. Out of Bondage.
8. A Vote for Mother.
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