Mother and Son_ No Relation Whatever!

Mother and Son: No Relation Whatever!

A mother has been judged in New York as not next of kin to her own son. A case in hand was a young man killed in an accident. The father brought a suit and would have been adjudged damages, but he died and the mother could not collect damages, as by law she is not “next of kin” to her own son!

This is one of the California laws that suffragists say is a relic of slavery days and should be erased from the statute books: “Every minor of the age of fourteen years or upwards may be bound by indenture as an apprentice to any mechanical trade or art or the occupation of farming to the age of eighteen, if a female, or to the age of twenty-one years, if a male.”

This law, in connection with a law which gives to fathers the sole right to all the money earned by minor children, makes a certain type of slavery among minors possible. The suffragists maintain that there is no other means equal to voting for learning the weakness of California laws and therefore helping in the elimination of worthless laws and dangerous laws.

Source: The Western Woman Voter, September 1911

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s Newspapers Collection. We can provide access to fully searchable newspapers by and for women including The Lily, The Revolution, and the National Citizen and Ballot Box.
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Soldiers take bayonet practice at Camp Bradley during World War I. From April 1918 to January 1919, soldiers studied manual arts and horology at Bradley. Optics were important to the war effort, and soldiers learned to grind and polish lenses. There was also great demand for automobile and tractor mechanics. (Photo courtesy Bradley University Special Collections)

Seven Branches of the “University In Khaki” Established (1919)

(The Camp Bragg News, September 11. 1919) Home stations have now been definitely selected, to which the Regular army divisions that served abroad are being returned for discharge of emergency enlisted men who desire it, recruitment and reorganization on peace basis. These home stations are:

  • First Division, Camp Taylor, near Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Second Division, Camp Travis, near San Antonio, Texas.
  • Third Division, Camp Pike, Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Fourth Division, Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Fifth Division, Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Sixth Division, Camp Grant, Rockford, Illinois.
  • Seventh Division Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas.

By the last of October, the process of actual demobilization will be practically completed insofar as combatant troops are concerned. There will be many details of care and disposition of surplus property, completing permanent records, looking after the population of the hospitals, that will continue to require the time and attention of many officers and men. But the units of the mobile army which have been overseas will be busied with plans for the future.

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.

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Accessible Archives Expands America and World War I Series

Malvern, PA (September 12, 2018)Accessible Archives, Inc.®, a digital publisher of full-text primary source historical collections, announces additional titles to its World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers.

American Military Camp Newspapers, Part II

American Military Camp Newspapers, Part II provides additional military camp newspapers – 12 new titles with 14,849 pages — that support those widely studied topics on America’s contribution to the War effort, the immediate postwar period in America, and the American Expeditionary Force’s “march to the Rhine” to take-up occupation duty. By browsing these scanned newspapers, users will complement their coursework in many areas including American history, social history, political science, military history, and more. This new collection from Accessible Archives provides an unparalleled research experience for students and faculty who would otherwise be unable to access these materials formerly held in microform. In addition, MARC records are now available.

These Camp newspapers also include non-war related advertisements, poetry, short stories, memoirs, jokes, and cartoons.  Photographs and sketches portrayed life in the various camps, on the home front, at the battlefront and in the occupied parts of Germany. (more…)

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World of Womankind

In the World of Womankind – March 12, 1914

In the 1910s, Frank Leslie’s Weekly had an increase in news by and about women. Kate Upson Clark* and the paper’s “In the World of Womankind” page is a good example. After sharing news tidbits from around the world, she would respond to letters from readers:

FOR A EUROPEAN TRIP

Dear Mrs. Clark: I am going abroad for a six-weeks’ trip. I take a steamer trunk, two suitcases and a hand-bag. Please advise me about what dresses to take. I have a good tailor-made suit, and a charmeuse (short) dinner-dress. Our party will travel, stopping only a few days in any one place. Is this enough? I shall have three or four blouses to wear with the skirt of my tailor-made gown.—L. B., Trenton, N. J.

That supply should serve for so short a trip. Take stout, comfortable shoes, and new underclothes.

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.
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Inside the Archives

Inside the Archives – Autumn 2018 – Volume VII Number 3

Autumn 2018
Volume VII. Number 3.

Your New Issue of the Accessible Archives Newsletter Continues Our Blogathon!

The impact of Women’s political and social activities throughout American history has been the focus of increasing scholarly attention for many years. Accessible Archives recognizes this and helps to stimulate interest and research in our primary source databases by maintaining an extremely active blog presence. In the Fall newsletter, we are continuing our Blogathon and have pulled together a selection of seven postings highlighting 19th and early 20th Century Women’s Rights and Suffrage events and thinking. We have asked our guest writer Jill O’Neil to wrap a narrative around them. We’re sure you will find her coverage both insightful and informative.

Contemporary Coverage of Women’s Historical Events and Thinking

By Jill O’Neill

Jill O’Neill

Jill O’Neill is the Educational Programs Manager for the National Information Standards Organization

Incremental shifts in attitudes held regarding a political movement or social cause can frequently only be seen in retrospect. The variety of Accessible Archives collections of primary source materials allows users an excellent means of observing attitudes that may have existed at a specific point of time, but which are subsequently modified. The same set of publications may allow users to note differences in those attitudes on a regional basis or other point of differentiation.

As an example, in this issue of the Accessible Archives newsletter we reference published items from 1870 through 1919 that show efforts to legalize votes for women in the United States. In a piece dated 1911, the Western Woman Voter notes the following with some pride:

“In five states of the Union, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah, women vote for President, Vice-President, Congressmen and all state, county and city officials.”

Users may well be surprised at that listing of five states ahead in granting the right to vote.

The datelines provided before each item below indicate the publication in which the piece was published. We also indicate the collection from which each item was drawn. (more…)

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