On August 18, 1920, Tennessee narrowly ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, making it the law throughout the United States, but the right to vote was not obtained without a major grassroots effort by thousands of women in small towns all across America. Sullivan County was no different, and women such as Elizabeth Worth Muller of Monticello and Mrs. C.W Montgomery of Wurtsboro led the way. In October of 1917, when 50,000 women paraded in New York City in support of suffrage, more than 6,500 Sullivan County women signed on. Sullivan County Historian John Conway takes a look back at the struggle for the vote in his program, The Suffragists.
John Conway has been the official Sullivan County Historian since 1993 and had taught a class on Sullivan County History at SUNY-Sullivan since 1998. He is a popular lecturer and presenter and has written several books, dozens of magazine articles and more than one thousand newspaper columns over the years.
This program is free and open to the public.