The Suffragette Movement: Backlash

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The Suffragette Movement: Backlash

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The attention grabbing tactics of the National Woman's Party (NWP) frequently brought the ire of authorities down on the protesters. While never as aggressive in their tactics as the English movement, the NWP still suffered from the government's indifference and brutality. Numerous instances, some of which are contained in this collection, of police apathy resulted in protesters being beaten by a mob. Most infamous of the depredations suffered by the protesters was the infamous "Night of Terror" on November 14, 1917, women who had been arrested for picketing the White House were beaten by guards in their cells. The publication of these events eventually galvanized opinion in favor of the Suffrage Amendment leading to its eventual passage in 1919.

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Items in the The Suffragette Movement: Backlash Collection

Miss [Lucy] Burns in Occoquan Workhouse, Washington
Lucy Burns was a co-founder of the Congressional Union, which beacme the National Woman's Party in 1917. She espoused the aggressive attention grabbing tactics of the English suffragette movement. Jailed repeatedly between 1913 and 1919 for…

Washinton jail used to house arrested picketers on hunger strike.
After the picketers were arrested many sought to continue the protest in jail by engaging in hunger strikes. Subject to isolation, misinformation and force-feeding, the incarcerated women maintained their strikes and the resulting publicity helped…

This article describes the arrest of two picketers, one of whom is Lucy Burns, outside the White House. The article relate that Burns was called on by a female officer to go peacefully and relinquish the banner she was carrying with her associate. …

This article talks about Wilson calling the nation together in a time of war in Europe during a speech in Chicago. After his arrival, but before his speech, NWP protesters arrived carrying signs calling on Wilson to endorse women's suffrage. After…

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