Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On This Day: Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment

On August 18, 1920 the Tennessee General Assembly approved the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution by a one vote margin, making Tennessee the thirty-sixth and last state necessary to ratify the enactment. The amendment which stated “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,” finally granted full suffrage to women across the United States.

For more information on the women’s suffragist movement and the nineteenth amendment, visit the Charters of Freedom website from the National Archives and Records Administration. NARA also created a lesson plan based on primary documents from the American suffragist movement, that can be viewed at Teaching with Documents: Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment. To see documents related to the women's suffrage movement in Tennessee, including the passing of the 19th amendment, visit the Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection at the Knox County Public Library.

Image Caption: Suffragist with "Kaiser Wilson" poster (Record Group 165, Records of the War Department General and Special Staff, National Archives and Records Administration)

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