The Voice that Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History By Elisa Boxer & Vivien Mildenberger

Back of Book:
In August of 1920, women’s suffrage in America came down to the vote in Tennessee. If the Tennessee legislature approved the 19th amendment it would be ratified, giving all American women the right to vote. The historic moment came down to a single vote and the voter who tipped the scale toward equality did so because of a powerful letter his mother, Febb Burn, had written him urging him to “Vote for suffrage and don’t forget to be a good boy.” The Voice That Won the Vote is the story of Febb, her son Harry, and the letter than gave all American women a voice.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sleeping Bear Press in exchange for an honest review.
Debut author Elisa Boxer introduces readers to a fascinating and slightly unknown story in the history of the women’s suffrage movement. The book begins by explaining to readers what a vote is, and how important it was for everyone to have equal opportunity to vote. It then goes on to tell the story of how Febb Burn took a risk and asked her son to vote yes on women’s right to vote. Thirty-five states wanted women to vote, but the country needed thirty-six to make it law. Harry Burn listened to his mother’s plea and voted yes to allow women to vote. Elisa created a fantastic nonfiction biography that shows readers another side of the women’s suffrage movement. The illustrations by Vivien Mildenberger are soft and detailed. This is an excellent book to share with readers during National Women’s Month. It shows readers how one decision can affect the world and change it for the better.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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