WILTON — The journey was long and never easy. It was fraught with controversy and filled with colorful characters — some almost beyond belief. It was a nail-biter down to the bitter end.
That is the story of the final passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as told by journalist Elaine Weiss in her book, “The Woman’s Hour — The Great Fight to Win the Vote.” Tennessee in 1920 would spell success or failure for the amendment’s passage and the struggle to sway the legislature one way or the other is the focus of Weiss’s book. It’s also the jumping off point for her to fill in the history of the 70 years between the 1848 Seneca Falls convention that kicked off the suffrage movement to that summer in Tennessee.