NPT's virtual Suffrage 100 event

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August 18, 2020
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Nashville Public Television is partnering with the Tennessee State Museum and Nashville Public Library to host an online screening and discussion of NPT’s 'By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South' on Aug. 18, 2020, from noon to 1:30 p.m. That date is the centennial anniversary of when Tennessee – by a single legislator’s vote in the Tennessee General Assembly – became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment, ostensibly granting women in the United States the right to vote.

After the screening, Mary Makley, 'By One Vote’s' producer, will lead a discussion with Carole Bucy, Ph.D., Davidson County Historian and professor of history, Volunteer State Community College; Beverly Bond, Ph.D., professor of history, University of Memphis; and historian/author Elaine Weiss (The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote); all of whom appear in the documentary.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash narrates 'By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South', a chronicle of events leading to the turbulent, nail-biting showdown that took place Aug. 18, 1920, in the Tennessee General Assembly. The U.S. woman’s suffrage movement began in the Northeast as an offshoot of the anti-slavery movement. 'By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South' tells the lesser-known history of the efforts by Southern women to gain the vote in the years following the Civil War through 1920.

NPT’s documentary highlights major figures in Tennessee’s suffrage movement such as Anne Dallas Dudley and Sue Shelton White; as well as anti-suffragist Josephine Pearson and key legislator Harry T. Burn. Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul are among the national activists referenced in the documentary.

About our local partners:

The Tennessee State Museum’s 'Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote' is a new exhibition commemorating the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, curated by the museum’s Miranda Fraley Rhodes, Ph.D. 'Ratified!' tells an inclusive story of suffrage activity throughout the state, in the decades leading up the vote and its ramifications in the years that followed. The show includes artifacts, documents, archival photos, large-scale graphics, videos and interactive elements. Footage from NPT’s 'By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South' is also included in the exhibition. 'Ratified!' spans two galleries and 8,000 square feet, and will remains on view into 2021.

Nashville Public Library’s 'Votes for Women: Legacy of the 19th Amendment' tells the pivotal and dramatic story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The exhibit will be located at the Main Library and will provide a space to explore the core themes surrounding women’s roles, democracy, and power. 'Votes for Women’s' virtual opening is set for Aug. 18, 2020.

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By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South Trailer

In August 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee legislators cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving women in the United States the right to vote. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, NPT’s original documentary BY ONE VOTE: WOMAN SUFFRAGE IN THE SOUTH chronicles events leading up to that turbulent, nail-biting showdown.


By One Vote | The Citizenship Project | NPT

In August 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee legislators cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving women in the United States the right to vote. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, NPT’s original documentary BY ONE VOTE: WOMAN SUFFRAGE IN THE SOUTH chronicles events leading up to that turbulent, nail-biting showdown.

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    Mary Makley


    Mary Makley is an independent producer, director and editor. Her award winning projects have aired on PBS stations locally and nationally. For the past 19 years, she has worked with Nashville Public Television on many documentaries, including 'By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South' (premiered November 2019) and 'Cheekwood: A Masterpiece by Man & Nature'. From 2013-16, she helped launch their Aging Matters series. She produced the nationally distributed End of 'Life and Living with Alzheimer’s & Dementia' episodes as well as The New Old Age episode. She executive produced the 'Caregiving' episode. From 2009-12, she produced and executive produced a series of seven documentaries titled 'Children’s Health Crisis' for NPT. She won two MidSouth regional Emmy’s, and a 2010 NETA award for Science programming for the first programs in the series and the entire project won a Community Service Emmy.

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    Carole Bucy, Ph.D.


    Carole Bucy is professor of history at Volunteer State Community College and holds degrees in history from Baylor University, George Peabody College, and Vanderbilt University. She also currently holds the honorary position of Davidson County Historian.    As a longtime advocate for local and state history, she regularly conducts teacher workshops on the incorporation of Tennessee history into existing U.S. history courses and is a frequent speaker across the state on a variety of historical subjects. She is the author of the textbook used in 4th and 5th Social Studies classes in Metro Schools as well as other districts across the state. She has also written several scholarly articles about Tennessee women. Most recently she has been a researcher for the Nashville Public Library’s Votes for Women Room, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Tennessee ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave across the United States the right to vote, as well as a consultant for the Tennessee State Museum’s Woman Suffrage Exhibit which opens in April 2020. She is also featured on “By One Vote”, Nashville Public Television’s documentary about Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th amendment. The documentary premiered at the Tennessee State Museum in November nationwide with distribution to public television stations across the country.

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    Beverly Bond, Ph.D.


    Beverly Bond's research focuses on nineteenth-century African-American history, African-American Women's History and Memphis History. She is particularly interested in the ways in which 19th-century African-American women negotiated the boundaries of Enslavement and freedom, class, and gender in the urban South. Her research focuses on black women in Memphis from the early 1800s to the beginning of the twentieth century. She has also worked on aspects of Memphis history including a general history of the city and of the city's famed Beale Street and two books on the University of Memphis for the university's 2012 centennial. In 2016, she was the Project Director, with Dr. Susan O'Donovan, of the city-wide sesquicentennial commemoration of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. She has served as director of the College of Arts and Sciences program in African and African American Studies from 2002 to 2012. She continued as advisor to the program's majors and minors for 2012-2013. She has also served on local and state historical committees. Dr. Bond is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Memphis Museums, Inc, the Board of Advisors of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, and the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board. She is has also served on and chaired the board of directors of Humanities Tennessee and served as president of the Southern Association for Women Historians.

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    Elaine Weiss


    Elaine Weiss is a Baltimore-based journalist and author, whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize "Editor's Choice" award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Weiss' most recent book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking/Penguin) has won critical acclaim from the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and The New Yorker, hailed as a "riveting, nail-biting political thriller" with powerful parallels to today's political environment. The Woman's Hour was a GoodReads Readers' Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association's highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award. Steven Speilberg's Amblin production company is adapting the book for TV, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer. Photo by Nina Subin

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    Mary Makley


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