One hundred years ago this summer, Missourians awaited news regarding the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The state had approved the amendment, which prohibited the federal government and states from denying a citizen the right to vote based upon sex, a year prior, in 1919. However, it would take another year before Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the new constitutional amendment in August 1920.
Two documentary films directed and produced by students at Central High School in Springfield and Richland High School in Essex are among 35 documentary films selected for an online showcase sponsored by National History Day, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The public can stream the documentary showcase online from June 17 – 24.