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"By One Vote" charts Tennessee's deciding vote for the 19th Amendment.

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, "By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South" chronicles events leading up to that turbulent, nail-biting showdown.

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    By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South

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    About the Film

    When Tennessee legislator Harry T. Burn followed his mother’s advice and cast his fateful vote to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, he ensured the state would forever be associated with bestowing the right to vote, a fundamental civil right, on U.S. women. But the short story of this vote belies the irony of this state and region’s late and reluctant participation in the suffrage effort.

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