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Harry T. Burn's great-grandnephew, Tyler L. Boyd, chronicles the life and legacy of a Tennessee legend in this never-before-told life story.
After reading a letter from his mother, Burn cast the deciding vote to ratify the Nineteenth A
Review QuotesA principled and accomplished man, Harry T. Burn's vote to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment was far from his only action that changed the course of our state and nation's history. Tyler L. Boyd's research on Burn, his great-granduncle, sheds a new light on a great man....Burn lived the life of a public servant. He led the fight against the adoption of a state income tax and fought for home rule, which gave local governments the ability to govern themselves without burdensome oversight from the state....Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections and a Life of Service makes me even more proud to walk in Burn's footsteps, having held the same seats as him in the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate. Boyd's work tells the story of a remarkable American and Tennessean who changed the course of history for good. - Tennessee State Senator Mike Bell (R-9thDistrict) As we approach the 100thanniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment next year, Americans are discovering the history of the woman suffrage movement and the stories of the Americans who led it to victory. These stories are a vast part of our nation's history but they are not often discussed. It would be a tragedy if the stories of these trailblazers were forgotten by future generations. Works like this will keep their memory alive. - U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) Harry T. Burn is known as the young Tennessee legislator who listened to his mother, taking her advice to support ratification of the 19thAmendment in 1920. Burn secured the right to vote for American women, but his life and character have remained unexplored. Now, in this deeply researched biography, Tyler L. Boyd finally brings us the full man, putting into context Burn's singular act of conscience, helping us to understand how one person can make a difference. - Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote I encourage others to take time out and read this book and realize how a mother's love and persuasion moved her son to do what was right, even though unpopular at the time, and turned hysteria into history. - former congressman Bob Clement (D-Tennessee) This book by a proud descendant lets the rest of us know more intimately the man who seized the opportunity "to free 17,000,000 women from political slavery." The story of what happened before and after Burn's fateful vote has been told often but often told wrong. Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections and a Life of Service by Tyler L. Boyd gives us the real story, one well worth remembering as we commemorate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in August 1920, courtesy of the Volunteer State. - Marjorie J. Spruill, author of Divided We Stand; New Women of the New South; One Woman, One Vote; and Votes for Women: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, and the Nation