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Rachel Louise Martin

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http://www.belmont.edu/liberal-arts/humanities_symposium/

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30-9-2020 2:00 PM

End Date

30-9-2020 2:50 PM

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When the fight for ratification moved to Tennessee, many suffragettes were ready to write off the amendment. They believed there was no hope for victory in the South. Then Febb Burn, a widowed mother in Appalachia, sent an eight-page letter to her son Representative Harry T. Burn, flipping his vote. Febb Burn's story challenged (and challenges) the idea that there is a solid, conservative, rural, white South, though there were a significant number of disenfranchised Southerners. She also reminds us that world-changing reform doesn't happen because famous people behave heroically; change occurs when thousands of ordinary people living in quiet backwaters decide to fight for the American dream. Illustrated talk followed by Q&A.

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Sep 30th, 2:00 PM Sep 30th, 2:50 PM

"A Mother's Advice Is Always Safest:" The Woman Who Wrote the Letter That Changed American History

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When the fight for ratification moved to Tennessee, many suffragettes were ready to write off the amendment. They believed there was no hope for victory in the South. Then Febb Burn, a widowed mother in Appalachia, sent an eight-page letter to her son Representative Harry T. Burn, flipping his vote. Febb Burn's story challenged (and challenges) the idea that there is a solid, conservative, rural, white South, though there were a significant number of disenfranchised Southerners. She also reminds us that world-changing reform doesn't happen because famous people behave heroically; change occurs when thousands of ordinary people living in quiet backwaters decide to fight for the American dream. Illustrated talk followed by Q&A.

https://repository.belmont.edu/humanities_symposium/2020/2020/1