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Elaine Weiss, Author of The Woman's Hour

Come have a cup of coffee and join us in welcoming Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour, to Island Books. Elaine is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The AtlanticHarper'sThe New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor's Choice honoree, she is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War.

The Woman's Hour: Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve 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 a lot of 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 moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible. 

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in 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.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Event address: 
3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote By Elaine Weiss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525429722
Published: Viking - March 6th, 2018

Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War By Elaine F. Weiss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612347196
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Published: Potomac Books - August 15th, 2015