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Weekly 150: Unveiling Democracy

Tennessee, Harry Burn and Passing the 19th Amendment

By Jason Martin
Posted 9/5/23

Certain moments stand as monumental milestones, marking the evolution of societies and the ideals they uphold. The passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote, is undeniably one such moment. The journey to its ratification was marked by tenacity, courage, and political maneuvering. At the heart of this journey lies the state of Tennessee and the pivotal role played by a young legislator named Harry Burn. The significance of Tennessee’s unexpected yet decisive role in passing the 19th Amendment cannot be overstated.

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