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V.29 No.35 | 8/27/2020
Do not disappoint your mother

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Yoshimura‘s “Do Not Disappoint Your Mother”

It was 1920 and thirty-five of the then-48 states had ratified the 19th Amendment. The question was now before an evenly split Tennessee state legislature, with members of the chamber showing their support for ratification by wearing yellow roses and those in opposition wearing red. Legislator Harry Burn, sporting a red rose, was inclined to vote against the measure, but his mother had written him earlier and urged his support.