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Phoebe "Febb" Ensminger Burn's story goes to show that just one person — one vote — can alter the course of history. Febb was born in 1873 and graduated from U.S. Grant University (now Tennessee Wesleyan University) in 1894, the same year she married. The two purchased a farm in Niota, TN where they raised their four children. After her husband died in 1916, the strong-willed Febb paid off the farm and made farming and caring for her children her life.
In August of 1920, the Tennessee legislature was debating ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 35 states had ratified the amendment, one state shy of the three-fourths needed. After weeks of intense debate, the measure was called to a ratification vote and it appeared all but certain the vote would fail in a tie.
Proponents of suffrage wore yellow roses on their lapels, while opponents wore red roses. Harry T. Burn — the youngest legislator in Tennessee's legislature, and Febb's son — entered the state House wearing a red rose. However when the time came to cast his vote, Harry voted in favor of suffrage!
Unbeknownst to all, Harry had been carrying in his coat pocket a seven-page letter he received that morning from Febb, who had been following the debates (It's said that she read three newspapers a day and subscribed to a dozen magazines).
Among other things, the note read:
“Hurrah, and vote for suffrage! Don’t keep them in doubt. I notice some of the speeches against. They were bitter. I have been watching to see how you stood, but have not noticed anything yet... Don’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt with her "Rats." Is she the one that put rat in ratification, Ha! With lots of love, Mama."
When called on to explain his vote, Harry would state, "I knew that a mother’s advice is always safest for a boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification." (A smart lad!)
The rest is quite literally history. The 19th Amendment became the law of the land. Last month, Tennessee lawmakers voted to designate August 18 (the day the vote was cast) as Febb Burn Day. The League created the Febb E. Burn Society to honor Febb and to celebrate our donors who have gone so far above and beyond the call of duty.
You can help us with a gift today. We continue the work that Febb Burn, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Susan B. Anthony began that finally came to fruition 98 years ago. Help us fight those who would restrict access to the ballot. Help us fight for the disenfranchised. Help us continue to educate and register voters.
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC, and around the country, to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Find your local march and sign the petition.
The League wants to thank all of you who made calls and wrote to the CRC. We especially want to thank the students, parents and teachers who traveled to the public hearings with your strong voices. And all of our allied organization partners. Students....We want to be the wind beneath your wings. We have vowed to support your voice. This is far from over. Our last resort is always a citizen initiative. We are ready. And we know how to get it done. We need to get this on the ballot in 2020. The wheels are in motion. Pamela Goodman LWVFL President ...
The technicality being the NRA owns the government.
For the love of all that is rational, why not push for an amendment creating an independent nonpartisan redistricting commission. The legislature is not responsive to the will of voters because it is not accountable to them by design. A ballot initiative to deal with each individual issue is nonsense when the problem runs much deeper.
“At first, I wasn’t thinking about registering. What happened at Stoneman Douglas really affected me because I have friends who went there,” Joseph said, adding that political involvement has taken on new importance.
“As a youth, I feel I should be able to lead,” he said. “I’ve been advertising it [registering to vote] to my friends.” ...
Students in Broward County are registering to vote, with many citing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre as an extra motivation to vote once they turn 18. Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a voter registration drive in high schools throughout Broward County.
Parkland students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High are featured on the new cover of Time magazine. Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin are the students featured on the cover story called "The School Shooting Generation Has Had Enough."
The 60 minutes interview was so moving. So much pressure on such young shoulders.
Society's inaction thrust these students into action. Anyone saying this is backed by Soros or orchestrated by liberals is mentally unfit.
You never know when your life will turn on you. If you would have told these kids at Christmas time that they would be on the cover of Time magazine by Easter - they would have told you - you were nuts! Bless them and keep the safe.
just kinda interesting that it is more boys on the cover ehen i have definitely seen some other girls do interviews and give speaches and not be chosen to be on the cover
Zorana - get a grip. There are 2 girls and 3 boys. That's 5. Can't be even. Why would that bother you; it's amazing that they are on the cover. Just sayin'. We should all pick our battles!
"Responding to terrified parents of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Gov. Rick Scott asked Broward County authorities to temporarily post an armed law enforcement officer at “every point of entry” at the school after a series of disturbing events in recent days." ...