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Suffragist book discussion today at public library

Miami County Indiana Worth Remembering will begin its first public celebration of the Suffrage Centennial Celebration with a book discussion at Peru Public Library on Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. “The Woman’s Hour” by Elaine Weiss was secured through the Indiana Humanities book lending program, and community people could check the book out through that system, or the public library or purchase the book. Sixteen readers have signed out the book in anticipation of contributing to a discussion about the events surrounding Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, commonly referred to as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which gave American women their right as citizens to vote.

Weiss’s lively account of this fight for Suffrage retains the element of suspense as the ratification came very close to being defeated. Her writing introduces the key Suffragist women and men who devoted days and months to assure the passage of the amendment as well as the “Antis” of the Southern Women’s League for the Rejection of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment who felt, according to Weiss’s retelling, that it “mocked the plan of the Creator, undermined women’s purity and the noble chivalry of men, and threatened the home and family.”

Weiss places the culminating vote in historical context by examining the political events and social factors, namely the role women had played in World War I and the fact that textile manufacturers didn’t want to have women having a say in deciding issues such as child labor laws. Issues such as power and political will, race and gender, equality and states’ rights all play a part of the themes of the book.

The discussion will be a perfect way to understand historically the significance of the brave Suffragists who fought for every right women now enjoy.

The book discussion is open to all. Reading the book will give materials to draw from, but it won’t limit a lively discussion so anyone is invited to join in the discussion.

Refreshments are provided by Alycia Roberts’ Body in Balance.

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