Looking for a great read, something engaging and informative?
Come to “Booked for Lunch” A History Reading Group
Discussing The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Wind the Vote by Elaine Weiss
The Wilton Historical Society hosts a reading group that focuses on books with a historical bent. The book to be discussed on Thursday, June 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 is The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss.
“It’s bracing to read Elaine Weiss’s stirring, definitive, and engrossing treatment of winning suffrage in America, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Weiss brings a lucid, lively, journalistic tone to the story. Perhaps her greatest contribution is documenting the intricate, contentious element of racism that almost crippled the struggle. For that insight alone, The Woman’s Hour is compulsory reading.” – Jane Zimmerman, NPR
“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
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.
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.
Participants bring a brown bag lunch, the Society provides a beverage and dessert. There is no charge, but please register. By email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203- 762-7257