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Thursday, September 26th
6:30 — 8:30 p.m.
History Center Annual Lecture in Political History
Richland Library Main, Auditorium : 1431 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201
Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic and the New York Times. According to The New Yorker, Weiss' The Woman’s Hour "grippingly recounts the twists and reversals that took place in the weeks leading up to the suffrage victory, but it is even more thrilling in its presentation of ideas—both those of the suffragists and those of the people who opposed them."
Book sale and signing to follow lecture. Cosponsored by Richland Library and Historic Columbia.
Free and open to the public.
- The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight To Win The Vote by Elaine Weiss [Click for Summary]
Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state–Tennessee–is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and 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 nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman’s Hour is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.