Goodreads Synopsis: Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote. One last state is needed. After a seven-decade suffragist crusade, it all comes down to Tennessee. Following the remarkable women who led their forces into battle, The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.
This book was on last years Goodread’s Choice Awards, which is what brought it to my attention and I’m glad that I finally got a chance to read it at the beginning of this year.
The Woman’s Hour follows the leaders of the suffragist movement and the leaders of the women opposing them. Talking about their past work and all that they did in Tennessee to get the vote for women. This book is 708 pages so you get a very in-depth look at everything that came into play, from the politicians who were going to vote on the act, to how black women were denied the vote. At times I felt like the book was a little too long, but I still enjoyed it. The author does a really good job of showing how tense the situation was, and even though I knew what would happen I still felt anxious for the women.
I learned a lot from this book and I’m really glad I had a chance to read it. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who enjoys non-fiction or history books. It’s long but worth it. In the end I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads, and I would be interested in reading more by Elaine Weiss.