Elaine Weiss is the author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight To Win The Vote. Despite knowing how it ends -- women can obviously vote today -- it's a gripping tale of how Tennessee played a pivotal role in the path to women's suffrage. While history books leave out the many interconnected issues leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Weiss connects the many dots by examining the roles of three key players in the movement. A movement that spanned 70 years and took the nation from the 19th into the 20th century. Ratification passed by a single vote.
In this interview Weiss explains how the pieces of the abolitionist movement, suffrage, and even a hot summer in Tennessee all played a part in the historic state legislative session that would, at last, give women the right to vote.