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    The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage

    …August 1920, when Tennessee’s all-male, all-white, mostly good-ol’ boy legislature met for three weeks in special session to defend, denounce, cuss, discuss, and finally to ratify — with a majority of but a single vote — the so-called Susan B. Anthony Amendment. This action, in effect, marked the moment of enfranchisement for one-half the adult population of the United States, because Tennessee (which was immediately proclaimed “The Perfect 36” by commentators and cartoonists of the day) thereby became the pivotal 36th state needed to complete ratification by three-quarters of the then 48 states. It also marked the climax of 72 years of ceaseless campaigning by four generations of American woman…

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