Suffragette City: The War of the Roses

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Sources: The oft-told story of the Tennessee vote is presented in dramatic detail by Elaine Weiss in The Woman’s Hour, which I drew on extensively. The Angela Davis quote is from Women, Race, & Class. I also consulted: Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by Ellen Carol Dubois; the PBS American Experience documentary The Vote; the NPR podcast Hindsight: Looking Back at 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage; the brief “Biographical Sketch of Juno Frankie Pierce” by Carole Stanford Bucy (online, Alexander Street, 2019); and Anita Shafer Goodstein’s “A Rare Alliance: African American and White Women in the Tennessee Elections of 1919 and 1920” in The Journal of Southern History (1998).


Kelcey Parker Ervick likes to tell offbeat histories, preferably about women and preferably with drawings. She is the author of three award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, about a not very bitter Czech fairy tale writer, and Liliane's Balcony, in which Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater may be haunted. Her comics and graphic essays have appeared in The Believer, Quarterly West, Passages North, and Nashville Review. She is the co-editor, with Tom Hart, of the forthcoming Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. Follow her daily-ish art habit on Instagram. More from this author →