League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
Topic: A discussion of the book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss.
NPR says: We tend to forget how near a thing it was, how outlandish an idea it seemed to some at the time, this concept of women gaining access to the ballot box. In one of history's great thrillers, the battle to ratify the 19th Amendment, almost a hundred years ago, came down to single vote, a single male legislator and — crucially — a single dear, darling, determined mother. And maybe we haven't come such a long way, baby: Recently, a GOP precinct chair from Utah described giving women the vote as a "grave mistake."
So 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. In America, as we need to be reminded over and over, it's always about race.
Sandwich and salad or vegetarian lunch at $6 cash or BYO lunch. Please enter your choice in the comment section.
12:00am - 2:00am EDT
Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter, MI 48130
|| Joan Sampieri