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The Voice That Won the Vote: How One Woman's Words Made History

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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
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Published March 15th 2020 by Sleeping Bear Press
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Dave Schaafsma
Yes, yes, yes! Great timing, to have this book come out as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. And there was such fierce and abiding opposition (among almost all voting men) to having women vote, of course, and for so long. This book takes a particular and important angle on the very end of the process, that day in Tennessee--the thirty-sixth state to ratify--when Harry Burn, who regularly wore a red rose to signify his opposition to ratification, surprised the heck o ...more
Ghazaal B.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
No. No. One can not simply sum up the result of that many voices and actions in one woman and one letter. This is not fair. This is not right. No.
All the voices matter equally. Every single one of the voices matters the same amount of any other voice raised for equality.
Yes I get the point. be fierce and stand up for what you belive in. Speak from you heart and be courageous and don't forget, "It took courage. And courage has a way of making things right."
But still. No. Absolutely not.
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Anna Crowley Redding
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book. THIS BOOK! Want a book that shows you exactly how to make an enormous difference? Want a book that shows you how to fight for what you believe in? Want a book that shows you the powerful tenderness between mother and son? Want a book that serves up history of the suffrage movement in America? Want a book that drives home what an absolute treasure the right to vote is? THIS is YOUR BOOK. Masterfully told with such an endearing, gentle, and crystal clear voice. Beautifully illustrated! ...more
Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
4.5 stars

Don't mind me, just crying over a children's picture book again.

Beautifully illustrated and clearly told, this book tells the story of a vital milestone that I don't think I ever learned about in school.

In fact, it wasn't until I saw the excellent YouTube video by SoomoPublishing - viewable through other links like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co6qK... - inspired by Lady Gaga's Bad Romance (trust me: it works!) that I realized the decision to finally allow American women the
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Melanie Ellsworth
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE is such a timely book. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and speaks to the courage required in standing up for one’s beliefs despite potential political peril. I enjoyed the introduction to two heroes, Febb Burn and her son Harry, both of whom had the courage to speak (or write) their truths in the face of opposition. This book highlights the importance of each voice (and pen!) in creating change. It’s also a love story between mother and ...more
Shonna
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautifully written by an Emmy award-winning journalist who obviously has an eye for a great story. It highlights a part of the history of women's suffrage that is often overlooked, while communicating a universal truth — one voice really does have the power to change the world for the better.

Since great narrative nonfiction needs to keep a narrow focus to really shine, I recommend pairing this with a book like Kate Messner's History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote to add more cont
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Julie Rowan-Zoch
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Julie Hedlund
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Voice That Won The Vote as everything - an unexpected hero, an unusual structure that creates tension and keeps you turning the pages, a formidable woman, and the "boy" who listened to her and changed history. This is exactly the kind of story we need right now - one about making decisions based on your conscience and what is right vs. what will make you popular. I also love the subtext of listening to your loving mother. :-) ...more
Emily Masters
gettin really tired of all the "women get to vote!" books that don't clarify that it's only WHITE women. ...more
Carol Baldwin
After I read The Voice that Won the Vote: How One Woman's Words Made History (Sleeping Bear Press, 2020), I realized that the cover and title were perfect. Inside the book was an unexpected story written by Emmy-winning journalist, Elisa Boxer. Illustrator Vivien Mildenberger's kid-friendly illustrations draw readers into the story.

The book opens by showing contemporary women lined up at a polling booth. But very quickly, the author turns the clock back to 1920 when women were denied the right
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Hope Lim
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Christina Soontornvat
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 see ...more
Angela
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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, a ...more
Amy
I always say that there is a story behind how we got some of the laws / organizations in this country. Look no further than the book Radium Girls and you will discover how we got OSHA. Killers of the Flower Moon got us the FBI, and Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter shows why we have such things as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as HIPAA.

Well, this book and its Author / Illustrator best illustrates how [white] women got the Right to Vote. I especially loved the b&w photo o
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Rajani LaRocca
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The right to win the vote for women depended upon Harry Burn, a reluctant Tennessee lawmaker, and a letter from his mother, Febb Burn, that convinced him to vote for women's suffrage. It's an inspiring tale of familial love and political courage. The lovely illustrations by Vivien Mildenberger enhance the remarkable story. ...more
Carrie Finison
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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, thereb ...more
Abi Cushman
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.

One hundred years after the 19th Amendm
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Edward Sullivan
The story of how women's suffrage in America came down to the vote in Tennessee, and depended upon one vote in the Tennessee legislature to ratify the 19th Amendment. Thanks to encourgement of his mother, Febb, Harry Burn, cast the deciding vote. ...more
Isabella Kung
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly timely book celebrating the Woman suffrage centennial by telling us the story of an unsung hero, Febb Burn, who's voice changed everything. This book starts by emphasizing that each vote represents a voice, a say in our country and our future, and how all women's voices were silenced only 100 years ago. This book honors the courage and strength of women protesters, who risked their lives and to bring a voice to the voiceless...and highlighting a mother's words who made all the diff ...more
Rob Justus
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes doing what’s right can seem overwhelmingly difficult in the face of peer pressure. In this amazing picture book, THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE, Elisa Boxer highlights this important time in women's suffrage and the courage of one strong willed mother, Febb Burn, to help turn the tide and provide a voice to the voiceless. Beautifully illustrated. Awesomely written. Great design. A great book for any young reader interested in this history, and with an overarching message to follow your he ...more
Kjersten
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 pow ...more
Kelly Carey
Did you know that a woman's right to vote in the US came down to a mother, a son and a letter?

The beautifully textured illustrations in this book take us from the front porch farm of suffragette Fern Burn to the Tennessee office of State Representative Harry Burn. The tension and emotion played out on the expressively illustrated faces carries the reader into the tumultuous efforts to bring the vote to women and the almost equal fight to stop the vote for women. In a little known twist, the one
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Dawn
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hurrah and vote for suffrage.
A touching story of how the youngest Tennessee lawmaker, Harry Burn was encouraged by a note from his mama to cast the deciding vote for women’s suffrage.
Lindsey
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This book brought me to tears. I never knew that passing the women's suffrage law came down to one vote of a state legislator in Tennessee and loved reading about how his mother's words influenced his vote. This is a beautiful story of courage and doing what you think is right. ...more
Vicky Fang
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Colleen
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soaring-20s
The tension is high in this dramatic, true story about a courageous politician who follows his conscience (and his mother’s good advice) rather than voting along party lines. It’s a perfect example of how one person speaking their truth (in this case, a mother to her son and then her son to his country) can change the world. As an added bonus, it gives a glimpse into the political process at a crucial time in the history of women’s rights. This little-known story of two unsung heroes couldn’t be ...more
Julius Ciembroniewicz
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Voice that Won the Vote is a must read for every girl and boy. Author Elisa Boxer elegantly captures this epic moment in history, in inspiring text that teaches us history AND reminds us all that our voice matters. Five stars, plus.
Gregory Barrington
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t recall having learned about Febb Burn or even many details regarding the passing of 19th regarding the vote amongst the States. I’m thankful that Elisa Boxer has resurrected a unique piece of history (beautifully illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger) that acts as a new voice of inspiration showing how one just one more voice can be a tipping point for positive change. The book is complimented with back matter giving an overview of key events that led up to the 19th Amendment being ratified ...more
Candy Wellins
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
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. ...more
Qing Zhuang
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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 chi
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