Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Day of Peace

Murray Polner on a holiday "initially suggested by two peace-minded mothers, Julia Ward Howe, a 19th century anti-slavery activist and suffragette, and Anna Reeves Jarvis, mother of eleven, who influenced Howe and had asked her fellow Appalachian townspeople, badly polarized by the Civil War, to remain neutral and help nurse the wounded troops of both sides" — Mother’s Day, 2012, and We’re Still at War.

"While neither lived to see an official Mother’s Day, it was eventually designated as a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, a president whose armies invaded Mexico, brought the U.S. into World War I and whose administration carried out brutal punishments against opponents of the World War I and the draft, such as Eugene V. Debs."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Fascinating post. I've linked to it over at my own (resurrected) blog. Cheers!

May 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Thank you for this take-
found your site via Mark in Spokane-

Carol-CS

May 14, 2012 at 1:09 AM  

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