American Experience presents ‘The Vote’

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, “The Vote” tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. “American Experience: The Vote” makes an encore presentation on Arizona PBS on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. this September.

In hour one on Sept. 8, learn about the first generation of leaders in the decades-long battle to win the vote for women. In the 19th century, a time women had few legal rights, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton galvanized thousands to demand equal citizenship. Watch online.

On Sept. 15, hour two explores the strategies used by a new generation of leaders determined to win the vote for women. International debates over radical tactics and the place of African American woman in the movement shaped the battle in the crucial period from 1906-1915. Watch online.

On Sept. 22, watch hour three to discover how the pervasive racism of the time, particularly in the South, impacted women’s fight for the vote during the final years of the campaign. Stung by a series of defeats in 1915, the suffragists concentrated on passing a federal amendment. Watch online.

In hour four on Sept. 29, meet the unsung women whose tireless work would finally ban discrimination at U.S. polls on the basis of sex. Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt advocated different strategies, but their combined efforts led to the amendment’s passage in 1920. Watch online.

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