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A women’s suffrage story, part 4


October 23, 2020

In August 1920 the long struggle for women’s suffrage ended in victory when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The road the suffragists had traveled had not been an easy one. They had been leading an organized movement demanding the right to vote for at least three quarters of a century.

Their perseverance paid off when, by the slim vote of 49 to 47, the lower house of the Tennessee legislature ratified the proposal. And that tally had come down to the change of heart one legislator had when he decided to support the amendment.

The decisive v...

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