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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 

A proud day for Tennessee

Today marks the 84th anniversary of Tennessee's ratification of the 19th Amendment. As the 36th state to ratify the amendment, Tennessee's vote clinched the two-thirds majority of the states needed for women to gain the franchise. Later that year, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby formally adopted the 19th Amendment, having only cost the suffragist movement 78 years of sweat, blood and tears.

Living in a state whose nickname (the Volunteers) celebrates the Anglo colonization of Texas and the rest of the southwest, little nuggets like this one keep you going.

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