RSS
Today in history: September 30
In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson backed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote
 
President Wilson changed his stance on women's suffrage once the protests moved to his front yard.
President Wilson changed his stance on women's suffrage once the protests moved to his front yard. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Sept. 30, 1918: In a speech to Congress, President Woodrow Wilson said he supported the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Wilson was initially ambivalent about giving women voting rights — until they began protesting in large numbers outside the White House.

Sept. 30, 1962: President John F. Kennedy ordered Mississippi officials to allow a black student, James Meredith, to enter the University of Mississippi. But Mississippi Gov. Barnett defied the federal government. "I shall do everything in my power to prevent integration in our schools," Barnett vowed. He was held in contempt by the Department of Justice. The president ordered Mississippi officials to "cease and desist" obstructing justice, federalized the state's National Guard, and sent in U.S. Marshals to Mississippi to enforce his order.

Quote of the Day

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men." — John F. Kennedy

More from West Wing Reports...

 

THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER

Subscribe to the Week