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Two Poems from Women’s Suffrage Ally, Experience Estabrook (1887)

This letter from Experience Estabrook was printed in the July 1887 issue of The Woman’s Tribune:

Your April number has a poetic selection entitled “Who’ll Rock the Cradle,” of which this is the last stanza:

That kindly hand will present be,
On proud election day,
That rocked the cradle, last while she
Her taxes went to pay.”

—Woman’s Standard.

The thought in this is very good and while I do not care how extensively nor in what form it is circulated, I am going to insist that it shall not be forgotten that it (the thought) belongs to me by right of discovery, and I hereby file with the TRIBUNE, a place altogether appropriate, my caveat as the lawyers call it, against any and all adverse claimants.

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s Women’s Suffrage Collection. We can provide access to fully searchable newspapers by and for women including The Lily (1849-1856), National Citizen and Ballot Box (1878-1881), The Revolution (1868-1872), The New Citizen (1909-1912), The Western Woman Voter (1911-1913), The Woman’s Tribune (1883-1909) and the antisuffrage newspaper, The Remonstrance (1890-1913).



June 20, 1893: Lizzie Borden Acquitted of Murder

On June 20, 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.

A summary of the case in Frank Leslie’s Weekly’s June 29, 1893 issue was read by Americans coast-to-coast and helped shape American views of the event and ensuing trial. Miss Borden, in court, was featured on the cover of that issue.


THIS cause célèbre will pass down into the annals of criminal jurisprudence as one of the most remarkable on record—in fact, taken in all its details and aspects it has no equal in the world’s history of crime; and that is saying a great deal. Here were two old people, living the final chapter of their lives in peace and plenty, apparently without a known enemy, who are found in their own home literally hacked to pieces, and without a visible clew to the murderer or murderers. All this took place in Fall River, Massachusetts, noted for its thrift, its steady going, quietly industrious, and frugal people. After a few days’ search the police authorities, bound, of course, to arrest somebody for the crime, bring the focus of their detecting faculties to centre upon the daughter of the murdered man and the step-daughter of the murdered woman, and place her under arrest, charged with the awful crime of killing first her step-mother and then her own father. And they kept her in jail for eight long, weary months before the slow-moving wheels of criminal procedure in the old Bay State could revolve and bring the accused to the bar of justice, to be tried for her life.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

White Paper: Women Winning The Vote: Politics, Publications and Protests

Download Women Winning The Vote: Politics, Publications and ProtestsSo frequently, what might be seen as a relatively minor event becomes the pivot point in shifting the course of history. Mary Grew, an abolitionist and Quaker activist from Pennsylvania, was present at a June breakfast meeting between well-known Philadelphia abolitionist Lucretia Mott and Joseph Sturge, a British abolitionist and organizer of the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. The year was 1840. Mary Grew had accompanied her father, Henry Grew, a designated committee chair and delegate to the event being hosted by the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. As would be reported in The Liberator later in the year:

 “When the committee just mentioned discovered that you had thought proper to appoint female delegates, (two of whom, Lucretia Mott and Sarah Pugh, were in attendance, and claimed an equal right with their brother delegates, to sit in the conference,) they sat in judgment upon your appointment , and decided that you had sent some representatives whom they could not recognize.”  [The Liberator, December 11, 1840.]



Won’t You Help Shun that “Spanish” Bug? (1918)

Surgeon General’s Office Tells How To Make the Influenza Germ Die of Loneliness

Washington, Oct. 11.—“What is Spanish influenza ?”

Army Medical Department officers on duty at the Surgeon General’s Office when asked this question the other day pointed out that the disease known as “Spanish Influenza ” is identical with influenza and that the prefix “Spanish” came to be used on the supposition that it had started in Spain this year.

The symptoms of influenza are, a severe headache, pains in the bones and muscles, especially in the back and legs; marked prostration; fever running as high as 104; sometimes nausea; also a seeming sore throat. There is a little running from the nose and eyes and some sneezing and coughing.

Our collection, America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers, addresses a topic and period that continues to be of the widest interest and importance to scholars, students, and the general public – America in the World War I Era. Camp newspapers make important original source material—much of it written by soldiers for soldiers—readily available for research.



Reading Aloud for Better Health (1861)

Reading aloud is one of those exercises which combine mental and muscular effort, and hence has a double advantage.

To read aloud well, a person should not only understand the subject, but should hear his own voice, and feel within him that every syllable was distinctly enunciated, while there is an instinct presiding which modulates the voice to the number and distance of the hearers. Every public speaker ought to be able to tell whether he is distinctly heard by the farthest auditor in the room; if he is not, it is from a want of proper judgment and observation.

Reading aloud helps to develop the lungs just as singing does, if properly performed. The effect is to induce the drawing of a long breath every once in a while, oftener and deeper than of reading without enunciating. These deep inhalations never fail to develop the capacity of the lungs in direct proportion to their practice.

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.


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