Volunteer Voices
Women's Suffrage

Febb E. Burn in 
Niota, Tennessee to Harry T. Burn in Nashville, Tennessee

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The collection also includes political cartoons, correspondence, and broadsides, both for and against women's suffrage. In the letter at left, Febb E. Burn urges her son, Harry, to vote for women's suffrage.


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Learn More: Woman's Suffrage Movement (Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture)

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex"--Nineteenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution.

In August 1920 the Tennessee General Assembly ratified the Nineteenth Amendment and handed the ballot to millions of American women. The amendment's jubilant supporters dubbed Tennessee "the perfect 36" because, as the thirty-sixth of the forty-eight states to approve the amendment, it rounded out the three-fourths majority required to amend the Constitution. The legislature's historic vote inaugurated a new era for women and for politics and secured Tennessee's place in the annals of American women's history. [more]

Lesson Plans and Related Tools
Tennessee Women and the Vote: A Guide for Teachers
Carol Bucy's detailed guide for teachers includes an overview of Tennessee's key role in passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, biographical profiles, a timeline, and a bibliography.