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Penn[sylvania] on the picket line-- 1917.

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Historical Research: Researching Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Once the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress, it had to be ratified by 36 states in order to become part of the Constitution. Battles played out in many states, none more dramatic than in Tennessee, which became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment in August 1920.

Research the struggle for ratification of the 19th Amendment in Tennessee.

  • What lobbying methods did the people on both sides of the suffrage question use in Tennessee?
  • What role did Harry Burn, the youngest member of the Tennessee legislature, play in the ratification debate?
  • What tactics did the anti-suffrage movement employ to block final ratification?