Women’s Suffrage, 90+ years old

From NPR:

On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, effectively granting the vote to women. Here are some photos spotted on Flickr Commons — from the decade leading to that day. There are a few fine-art photographers today who use large-format glass plate negatives to emulate the look and feel of photos from this era. It’s a laborious process, but yields beautiful images like these.

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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • EricW

    Here is a must-watch movie: http://iron-jawed-angels.com/

    IRON JAWED ANGELS starring Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, and Anjelica Huston, among others.

    Buy it for your DVD collection.

  • EricW

    Harry T. Burn’s (Tennessee legislator) letter from his mother that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment:

    http://www.teachamericanhistory.org/File/Harry_T._Burn.pdf

    (Read the actual letter; the essay’s synopsis is not an accurate transcription.)

    (IIRC, in the movie IRON JAWED ANGELS it’s portrayed as being a last-minute telegram rather than a letter he’d received and was carrying with him.)

  • rjs

    Nice article Eric. Thanks for the link.

  • Barb

    I loved reading the hand written letter. It looked and sounded very much like my own Grandmother’s writing.

  • http://www.conversationinfaith.wordpress.com Nancy Janisch

    Eric thanks for the link!

  • cballard

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, women were given the vote in 1894 the first colony to do so. We were a colony of free settlers, not convicts, whether that made a difference I don’t know. The early settlers were certainly a mix of freethinkers which may have helped in this regard.

  • EricW

    6. cballard:

    You didn’t burst any bubbles. America was notoriously slow in giving women an equal standing, whether measured by other countries or not, and many so-called “complementarians” want to keep women in the church and in the home in second-class status under the guise of “separate but equal,” which we know is anything but.


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