|Pages/Publication Date:||416 / 2018|
Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, 12 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 racists who don't want black women voting. The most unexpected participants in this civil rights battle are the "Antis"—women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. As Elaine Weiss vividly recounts here, they all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible.
"Weiss's thoroughness is one of the book's great strengths. So vividly had she depicted events that by the climactic vote (spoiler alert: The amendment was ratified!), I got goose bumps."—NYTBR