Yes, Mom

On this Mother’s Day, Nashville History shared with us a photo of the envelope that changed the course of history in the United States.  It’s a letter from a state legislator’s mother that encouraged him to vote for women’s suffrage, which was just enough to get the 19th amendment passed:

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In August of 1920 the youngest state legislator in Tennessee, Harry Burn, received a letter from his mother, Febb Ensminger Burn. In it she wrote 'hurrah , and vote for suffrage!' among other things, leading Harry to vote for women's suffrage on August 20, 1920 despite the fact that he had been a member of the anti-suffrage party. The issue passed by one single vote. One vote led Tennessee to being the 36th state to vote yes, which was the last state needed to pass the 19th amendment. One vote. When asked later why he changed his stance and voted yes he gave credit to his mother, an 'educated college woman involved in international affairs, but was not given the right to vote.' Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! #nashvillethebeautiful #nashvillehistory #mothersday

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