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The Voice That Won the Vote: How One Woman's Words Made History
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 ...more
ebook, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 15th 2020 by Sleeping Bear Press
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In exploring a forgotten footnote, The Voice that Won the Vote brings forth not just a bit of forgotten history, but a sound lesson that every effort matters, we just can’t know which small one will have the biggest impact - until it does! A beautifully rendered and engaging recounting of the influence of a mother’s love and a son’s courage in the fight to win the right to vote for women.
By following an inner voice that tells him right from wrong, Harry Burn voted for women’s voting rights. Behind his historical vote was his mother’s influence and her belief that women should be in charge of their own choices, including voting rights. This inspiring story shows the value of standing up for what one believes in and encourages us to trust our inner voice even when “it goes against the louder voice” around all of us. Elisa Boxer's debut picture book is so timely and so inspiring in ...more
This is a piece of history I had never heard about. In 1920, Tennessee was the tie-breaker state in a vote to give women the right to vote. And there was also a tie in the Tennessee legislature to determine which way the state would land! This is the story of the Tennessee lawmaker who cast the deciding vote in his state to make history. He stood with women's suffrage, persuaded by a letter that his strong and independent mother wrote to him. One interesting theme in this book that I haven't ...more
I've often felt that there should be more children's nonfiction exploring what it means to be an ally and an upstander, and The Voice That Won the Vote fits this need! Elisa Boxer's debut book opens by establishing the importance of voting, and quickly gives readers the context surrounding women's struggle to win the right to vote. Febb Burn writes a letter to her son, who just happens to be a Tennessee state legislator. Inspired by his mother's words, Henry Burn takes up the suffragist cause, ...more
The Voice That Won the Vote - Elisa Boxer’s story of an unsung hero in the story of women’s suffrage so resonated with me, especially in our current climate of politicians who don’t seem to use their voice to fight for what they truly believe is right. Febb Burn, fed up with watching the men march off to vote while she had to stay home, wrote her son Harry a letter that ended up changing his mind about voting for women’s suffrage and convincing him to stand up for what he really believed, ...more
This book is a wonderful introduction to the historic moment when women's right to vote was ratified into the United States Constitution. There's great storytelling here. It starts off with what a vote is, how women were not allowed to vote, and how difficult (and long) the struggle was for suffragists to change the law. Then with the stakes clearly outlined, the reader is hooked into the story of Febb Burn and her son--and Tennessee lawmaker-- Harry Burn.
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One hundred years after the 19th amendment was ratified in the United States giving American women the right to vote, it remains as important as ever to recognize that sometimes it only takes one additional person standing up for what’s right to make a difference. The non-fiction picture book, THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE tells such a story—that of an unsung hero, Febb Burn, who wrote an impassioned letter advocating for women’s suffrage to her son Harry Burn, a Tennessee lawmaker who had the ...more
I love this picture book. It tells the inspiring story of a small, personal action that made all the difference for women’s suffrage. The story is beautifully told and illustrated, with all the right pacing. It has a moving narrative and engaging historical backmatter, opening the door for important conversations about voting and women’s suffrage. Kids and parents will love this heroic and compelling story celebrating women’s rights and the power of every voice.
2020 marks the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage. There is so much about this movement that is still largely unknown. Did you know that a single Tennessee lawmaker (with a little prodding from his mom) cast the deciding (and tie-breaking) vote to give women the right to vote? THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE shares the fascinating and relevant history behind this Profiles in Courage moment. Highly recommend this book to all young readers.
What does it mean to stand up for what is right before it is understood and popular? This book is about how the immense efforts of many generations of suffragists as well as the tide turning decision of one person’s courageous vote humanized and empowered millions of people across this country.
In “The Voice that Won the Vote”, a piece of American history is told through the personal relationship between lawmaker Harry Burn and his suffragist mother, Febb Burn. The writing is intelligent and ...more
THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE represents the best kind of nonfiction. This picture book for ages 6-10 takes the well-known concept of women's suffrage in its centennial year and makes it personal in a surprising, revelatory way. Drilling down to the one person (Febb Burn) who influenced the tie-breaking vote (her son Henry Burn) in the deciding state legislature (Tennessee) that ultimately ratified the 19th Amendment for the U.S. feels deeply personal and shows that one small action, one small ...more
Elisa Boxer's debut picture book The Voice That Won The Vote tells the interesting story of the woman who used her influence to change the course of history for women in America. It's an inspiring story of courage that is relevant today. I enjoyed the beautifully painted illustrations by Vivien Mildenberger and her use of muted earth tones and striking reds and yellows that accentuate the key moments in the book.
"A vote is a voice. This is what I stand for. This is what matters to me. This is who I am." Amazing words to begin an important story about Febb Burn and her commitment to the suffrage movement. Besides protests, marches, meetings and enormous patience on the part of many women, it came down to the courage and moral compass of one particular Tennessee lawmaker, Febb’s son, to make the dream a reality. As Boxer writes, “It took courage. And courage has a way of making things right.” A beautiful ...more
THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE is more than a story about women's rights. This is such an important book for kids about an unsung hero, especially in an election year. Young readers will come away realizing the power of a single voice -- and a single vote -- and will be inspired to exercise their own voices. This is the perfect book for celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage.
The history of women's suffrage is one that needs to be told again and again so it is never forgotten. It is especiaolly important to see this story being told to a younger audience. It is an engaging account of the perseverance and courage that was necessary in order to right one of the many wrongs of a civilized society.
A beautiful piece of unknown history to me regarding the roles of Henry and Febb Burns in the suffrage movement. With this being the centennial year since women got the right to vote, it's a perfect time to share this with kids. The book is a wonderful example of how one voice can make a difference.