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CANADA’S CHANCE: She Must Make Up Europe’s Lost Stocks of Cattle

(June 26, 1915) Not only have officials in France been negotiating with the Department at Ottawa with a view to securing stocker cattle from Canada for importation to France, but private buyers in France have been in touch with Toronto live stock commission men, with the same end in view. Military requirements in France have drained available supplies in that country, and the present as well as the future needs of France are already causing worry to French officials. After careful study of the situation it was found that freights and insurance in transit were prohibitive, or nearly so, at present, but that when abnormal ocean-carrying conditions are removed, a promising market in France will open for Canadian cattle.

African American Newspapers, Part XIV: The Canadian Observer, 1914-1919 expands the historical newspaper coverage of the descendants of former American slaves who traveled the Underground Railroad to Canada – the Underground Railroad and the quest for freedom in Canada is a central theme in many of Accessible Archives’ African American newspapers.

When the question was brought up in France, and especially in Normandy. Canada was looked to at once as the most likely country from which imports could be made. Already on two occasions, similar transactions have been carried out. About twenty years ago two cattle feeders had come to an understanding to bring cattle from Canadas their scheme gave them the profit upon which they had counted. In 1912, the importation carried out by Canadian dealers without sufficient care to make sure of a market, was a failure financially, but the animals brought over had been declared of excellent quality. (more…)


White Paper: Once a Household Name: Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke

White Paper Series – Volume IV, Issue 3 – June 2021

In Margaret Leach’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865, the author mentions that Mother Bickerdyke was part of the Grand Review of the Armies in 1865, the celebratory parade marking the end of hostilities in the Civil War. Who was this heroine of the Union army whose honorary title made no reference to her marital status, something that would have been a particular anomaly in 19th century America? The most cursory Google search indicated monuments to her memory in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Probing a bit more, I discovered that there had been multiple books written about her devotion to wounded soldiers, but many were written with such sentimentality that they didn’t seem particularly trustworthy as source material. Turning to Accessible Archives with its wealth of contemporary newspapers and other collections allowed me to get past the language of Gilded Age memoirs and discover the truth of Bickerdyke’s remarkable gift for logistics in wartime. (more…)


Woman Past and Present (1880)

From National Citizen and Ballot Box for April 1880:

CARLOTTA GUILLARD, was the first French woman who followed printing for a business. She carried on this trade from 1506 to 1567, a period of sixty years and was famous for the beauty and correctness of her work.

LAKSHMI BAEI, the Rani, or Queen of Jhansi, headed her troops in person in the war with England. She dressed as a cavalry officer, and her wonderful generalship held the whole British army in check, until she was killed upon the field of battle.

MADAME DE MAINTENON was the secret wife of Louis XIV. This king was for more than half a century, the central figure in Europe, but after his marriage to Mme. de Maintenon, who was much his senior, he fell entirely under her influence, a power she retained until his death, some thirty years later. Though of good family, she was born in prison and cradled in poverty. Her face was beautiful, her form exquisite, her manners captivating, and her tact great. For many years she controlled the destinies of France, ruling Church and State and Society, selecting generals and ministers, laying plans for the cabinet, directing church action, repressing court licentiousness, ruling France “vigorously and with an iron hand.” She lived to be eighty-four, keeping her faculties to the last. Love of power was the mainspring of her action; for its sake she lived a lie to the world as mistress of the king instead of wife.

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).


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