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Lot #133
Alice Stone Blackwell

A “skirmish” with an “anti-Red” in the year of the 19th Amendment

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A “skirmish” with an “anti-Red” in the year of the 19th Amendment

Pioneering American feminist (1857–1950) whose Woman’s Journal provided one of the most powerful and influential platforms of of the suffrage movement ALS in pencil signed “Alice,” two pages both sides, 8.5 x 11, Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News letterhead, January 15, 1920. Blackwell writes to her cousin, “Dear little Emmakin.” In part: “I have been away all day, & am writing now in an evening meeting: so I have no family letters to report…. One day Mrs. Boyer asked Lizzie if it were true that the Welsh lived with goats. Lizzie glared at her in a very personal and offensive manner & answered, ‘I am living with one right now!’ And one day when I advised Mrs. Boyer to ‘rap on wood’ she came over & rapped several times on the top of Lizzie’s head. As Mrs. Boyer is violently ‘anti-Red,’ she & I have constant skirmishes. But what can you expect when one of her sisters is married to an army officer in the Philippines, & the other sister to a millionaire coal-mine owner? Last night was so cold that I spread a lot of newspapers between my blankets, & they kept me as warm as toast….” In very good condition, with intersecting folds (horizontal fold touching one letter of vertically written signature; a few small marginal separations), light handling wear, and smudging to a portion of last page affecting legibility of a few words. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #332 - Ended April 16, 2008