The Woman’s Hour

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 by

How Maryland Women Almost Didn’t Get the Vote

 

Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 pm

 

Speaker: Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

 

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Learn about the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

 

Nashville, August 1920: One last state is needed to ratify the 19th Amendment. After a seven-decade crusade for the vote, it all comes down to Tennessee, and it is the moment of truth for the suffragists. But there are powerful forces opposing woman suffrage–corporate, political, and ideological foes–who have their own reasons for denying women the ballot. And then there are the Antis–women who fear suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge on Nashville for a vicious face-off, replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, booze, and the Bible.

 

A Jewish “militant” Suff plays a starring role in the drama; a Jewish Tennessee delegate, dedicated to justice, becomes a hero; and Maryland stands on the wrong side of history. And at the very last moment, a crucial vote of conscience is secured by a mother’s letter. Come hear author Elaine Weiss’ vivid telling of this important chapter in our national struggle for equal rights.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Preservation Maryland.

 

 

This program is presented in relation to the Amending America: The Bill of Rights exhibit, on display through May 28, 2018.

 

 

 

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When Law and Religion Collide

Posted on April 8th, 2018 by

Sunday, April 8th at 1:00 pm

 

Speaker: Dr. Alan Garfield, Widener University Delaware Law School

 

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May the government ban kosher slaughtering as inhumane? Some European countries have done so at the behest of animal rights activists. May the government forbid circumcision as an unnecessary medical procedure? San Francisco residents almost voted on a ballot referendum, initiated by “intactivists,” to ban infant circumcision.

 

What happens when secular law requires religious believers to violate their faith? Should believers have to comply with the law or must government give them an exemption? What if the person seeking an exemption is a religious baker who refuses to serve same-sex couples (a case currently before the Supreme Court)? What if the baker instead refuses to serve Jews?

 

Come find out how the Supreme Court resolves collisions between secular and religious laws as we explore the meaning of the First Amendment’s religion clauses.

 

 

This program is presented in relation to the Amending America: The Bill of Rights exhibit, on display through May 28, 2018.

 

 

 

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