A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (Dear America Series)

By Kathryn Lasky

As the struggle for women's suffrage heats up, Kathleen"Kat" Bowen will get to take part as her mom and her sister, etc with regards to her manage and act to win the best to vote.

January 19, 1917
The wooden line has been happening for over every week! and other people stated they wouldn't final an afternoon and the elements nonetheless has now not damaged. what is extra is information of the wood is spreading and an increasing number of girls are coming from different elements of the district and a few from as far-off as
Maryland and Virginia. President Wilson felt so sorry for them within the chilly that he invited them in for espresso yet they refused. They acknowledged they'd simply are available in to speak about a federal modification for the women's correct to vote. No espresso! This made me contemplate Sojourner Truth's phrases approximately males who aid elevate girls into carriages and over dust puddles--that after all is the simple half, similar to giving them espresso. Giving them the vote is the difficult part.

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To start with it ain’t a jail. It’s a workhouse. ” “Is that no longer so undesirable as a jail? ” “I don’t understand. I by no means been there. They cause them to paintings for all time. ” “Are there bars at the home windows? ” “I ’spect so. ” “Are there murderers, and, you recognize . . . ” “Mostly coloured gals in there. I don’t imagine they performed homicide. they simply terrible coloured gals who scouse borrow or . . . ” Her voice dropped off. 129 “Or what? ” “Would you devour that blasted radish? ” Marietta became and began scrubbing a pot. She had long gone huffy on me. i will continually inform while she’s uninterested with my questions. Her shoulders droop up and she or he snorts via her nostril rather than respiring usually. i attempt to think mom sharing a few phone with bars at the home windows with coloured ladies. it'd be very unusual sound asleep subsequent to a coloured girl. JULY 19, 1917 Father has attempted to move stopover at yet they don’t enable viewers for the ladies but, and no mail could be bought or despatched out. Father says this can be a violation of a prisoner’s rights. he's going to speak to his buddy Mr. Abrams, who's a major attorney. LATER a few excellent news: Harriet stated she heard her father say that many vital males in Washington have long gone di- one hundred thirty rectly to the president to protest the imprisonment of the suffragists, together with Mr. J. A. H. Hopkins, an in depth consultant and pal to the president whose spouse, Mrs. Hopkins, is imprisoned at Occoquan. Father nonetheless is anxious to dying. additionally Dudley box Malone, a guy that everybody says is the president’s closest confidante, is making an attempt to arrange a protest one of the strongest males in Washington, D. C. , and different towns within the Northeast. he's attempting to touch John D. Rockefeller! JULY 20, 1917 there's a rumor of a pardon — definite, that the president will pardon the 16 girls who're imprisoned and they might be in a position to cross unfastened. they are saying this is often mostly Mr. Malone’s doing. 131 JULY 21, 1917 needs to sprint — we will decide up mom at Occoquan. She has been pardoned! Will write later. LATER this is often so much complicated. mom and the opposite ladies aren't precisely pardoned. They refused to permit themselves to be pardoned simply because they insisted that they had not anything to be pardoned for. The president, despite the fact that, was once so embarrassed by means of having those wonderful white girls in a jail with coloured girls that he pressured them to simply accept the pardon. however it is admittedly as though they're out on bail. They have been made to ensure offers. I overhead all this whilst Mr. Nathan Abrams came around to the home this night to debate the case. Alice Paul was once there too. mom used to be very calm. She used to be sewing a brand new pink and gold and white banner. i couldn't see what it stated simply because i used to be on my perch at the stair touchdown. yet after every person had long gone I crept downstairs and observed the banner draped over Mother’s stitching field. It acknowledged, we don't ASK PARDON FOR OURSELVES yet JUSTICE FOR ALL AMERICAN girls. 132 JULY 22, 1917 mom was once again at the wooden line earlier than i used to be up. She should have left at sunrise. How lengthy will or not it's till she will get arrested back? I don’t are looking to give it some thought. It’s a hot, drizzly day.

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