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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

They fought for our right to vote...

"The struggle of today is not altogether for today -- it is for the vast future also."
-Abraham Lincoln


This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago. Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

(Lucy Burns) They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

(Dora Lewis) They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. (Alice Paul) When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/suffrage/nwp/prisoner...

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democrat, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

History is being made.


Elm Hollow Primitives said...

Jenn- I have been following your blog for awhile now, I am excited to say I will be trying my hand at the blogging world. I love primitives and was thrilled to see you had a blog page. I have been to 1824 antiques and loved her place. I also go to the laughlin town antique mall and have purchased things with your tags on. I hope to someday have a webpage up and running too. Please add me to your blog page if you would. I am so excited to get a comment.

SweetAnnee said...

I would never dream of not voting..and praying for our country

love ya

Elm Hollow Primitives said...

Hello Jenn- Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so excited you sent mice with Audrey. I said I want mice for Christmas this year, not Sheep. LOL. I found a old box with mice holes in and I need a mouse to display in it for Christmas.
Tootalls. Donna

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