'American Experience: The Vote'
(DVD / NR / 2020 / PBS)
Overview: One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, 'The Vote' tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
DVD Verdict: In its final decade, from 1909 to 1920, movement leaders wrestled with contentious questions about the most effective methods for affecting social change, debating the use of militant, even violent tactics, as well as hunger strikes and relentless public protests.
The battle also upended previously accepted ideas about the proper role of women in American society and challenged the definitions of citizenship and democracy.
Here in the quite eye-opening, and hugely relevant to our current times documentary, for a myriad of reasons, 'American Experience: The Vote' tells us about how passed by Congress June 4th, 1919, and ratified on August 18th, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.
It details further how the 19th amendment guaranteed all American women the right to vote, but achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest.
Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution.
Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920.
Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took them decades to accomplish their purpose.
By 1916, almost all of the major suffrage organizations were united behind the goal of a constitutional amendment. When New York adopted woman suffrage in 1917 and President Wilson changed his position to support an amendment in 1918, the political balance began to shift.
On May 21st, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment, and 2 weeks later, the Senate followed. When Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18th, 1920, the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining the agreement of three-fourths of the states.
Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification on August 26th, 1920, changing the face of the American electorate forever.
To learn more about this incredible achievement and all that went into it "behind the scenes," please purchase the brand new PBS DVD 'American Experience: The Vote' today. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
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