From this morning’s Morning Edition on NPR:
“…By the way, this month marks a milestone for American women and for the country at large: it was 90 years ago this month that Americans ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution – it gave women the right to vote.
MONTAGNE: In August 1920, the amendment had made it through Congress and most of the states, and then it was up to the state of Tennessee.
INSKEEP: The state House of Representatives was deadlocked and the vote depended on the decision of one man. He was a 24-year-old legislator named Harry Burn.
MONTAGNE: He was thought to be opposed to ratification, but on that day in August 1920, he carried a letter from his mother in his pocket.
INSKEEP: He later explained his vote by saying: ‘I know that a mother’s advice is always safest for her boy to follow, and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.'”
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