Tuesday, August 18, 2020
One hundred years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women in the United States the right to vote. Our July/August issue celebrates this milestone, including Part 2 of the article "A Short History of the Right to Vote in Tennessee's Constitutions and Court," links to related stories, and an inspiring quote from Knoxville lawyer Wanda Sobieski.
On Aug. 18, 1920, Woodrow Wilson was in the Oval Office, Prohibition was in full swing and the dramatic conclusion of the fight to ensure a woman’s right to vote was unfolding right here in Tennessee. Thirty-five states had voted in support of the 19th Amendment, but the approval of 36 was needed to ratify. Seventy years of the Suffrage movement’s efforts all came down to one vote from one male legislator in Tennessee. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this historical vote, award-winning journalist and author Elaine Weiss joined the Sidebar podcast to talk about her book The Woman’s Hour, which tells the story of Tennessee’s role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and to discuss her research and passion behind the project. You can also watch a rebroadcast of Weiss’s full presentation from the TBA’s 2020 Virtual Convention today at noon. CDT. Register for the CLE here.
There's plenty to read about the 19th Amendment and how it came about, so get started! In the recent Tennessee Bar Journal, Bill Haltom's book, Why Can’t Mother Vote: Joseph Hanover and the Unfinished Business of Democracy, is reviewed by fellow Memphis lawyer Suzanne Landers. Order your copy here and read Haltom's recent column in the Tennessean, "How three men, the 'Suffragents,' were pivotal to enacting women's suffrage." The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss, a comprehensive look at the entire process, is also a must-read.
In the Aug. 4 TBJ Select, Charles Key wrote about how he implements Executive Order 52, using remote notarization and remote witnessing. Key gave specific instruction on how he successfully executes a broad range of instruments while at the same time social distancing. Knowing there is usually more than one way to get things done, we asked readers to write in with their suggestions and experiences, too. Here is what we learned.
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