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Woman Suffrage Centennial Web Exhibit

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An Art Nouveau calendar from July 1914 quotes famed writer Mark Twain in support of woman suffrage.

 

An Art Nouveau calendar from July 1914 quotes famed writer Mark Twain in support of woman suffrage. This contrasted with Twain’s earlier thoughts in an 1867 letter to the St. Louis Missouri Democrat: “I think I could write a pretty strong argument in favor of female suffrage, but I do not want to do it. I never want to see the women voting, and gabbling about politics, and electioneering. There is something revolting in the thought. It would shock me inexpressibly for an angel to come down from above and ask me to take a drink with him (though I should doubtless consent); but it would shock me still more to see one of our blessed earthly angels peddling election tickets among a mob of shabby scoundrels she never saw before.” (Schlesinger Library, Harvard University)

 

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