Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2012

100 years ago: Those seeking anti-suffrage booklet get a surprise

October 25, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 25, 1912:

  • "A week ago the Journal-World announced that it had a number of booklets giving the other side of the Woman's Suffrage question and that they would be given out to anyone who cared to have them. A large number of persons called for books and some were ready to score the publishers for doing anything to injure the cause in which so many of the women are interested. The booklets were about an inch and one-half wide by two deep and upon the cover were the words, 'This book contains all the reasons why women should not have the ballot.' The interior of the book consisted of eight blank pages. While the matter was a joke and those who called took it in good part, yet there were some who honestly expected to receive a statement of the other side of the question and were disappointed."
  • "A call has been issued for the members of the Rooters Section of the University to meet at Fraser Hall tomorrow at 1:30. The new football songs submitted for the Daily Kansan prize will all be tried out and officially adopted. After a short rally the rooters will march, headed by the University band, to their section in McCook Field. A hard contest with the Aggies is predicted and every effort to make the rooting the best ever is being made."
  • "The Phi Delt House was broken into night before last and a lot of clothes stolen, nothing has been done as yet, but the authorities think they know who the guilty parties are and warrants will be sworn out for their arrest."
  • "SPORTING NEWS: MOSSE IS PESSIMISTIC ABOUT TOMORROW'S GAME -- Big Coach Fears That the Aggies Will Prove Too Much -- TEAM ISN'T IN THE BEST OF SHAPE -- Injuries Have Made Several Change in the Lineup Necessary."


League of Women Voters Lawrence/Douglas County 5 years, 7 months ago

The League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County would like to thank the editors of the 1912 Lawrence Daily Journal-World for the sense of humor they displayed in educating the (all male) voters about the argument against the upcoming state constitutional amendment for equal suffrage.

And a big thanks to Sarah St. John for covering this topic so thoroughly at this point in time. As the time draws near for the November 5, 1912 election (yes, 1912), we look forward to more information about how things were in Lawrence 100 years ago.

AlexTJ 5 years, 7 months ago


We'll get there 'Hawks, don't worry!

Paul R Getto 5 years, 7 months ago

"This book contains all the reasons why women should not have the ballot.' The interior of the book consisted of eight blank pages. ........"

Ironic? The book, if published today wouldn't be blank. It would have the current Republican voter suppression plan spelled out on Those eight pages.

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