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Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party [NWP] (1875-1938)

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party [NWP] (1875-1938) – http://www.loc.gov/collection/women-of-protest/about-this-collection/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What did 19th and early 20th Century prison uniforms look like?
  • What were suffragettes arrested for?
  • What did early protest rallies look like?

Description:

Aside from documenting a significant part of the struggle of American women to get the right to vote, this collection may also be of some value in documenting women’s prison uniforms. The collection has a large gallery called Suffrage Prisoners, of women put in jail for their role in the suffrage movement. Some of the pictures feature women in prison garb, although many seem to be portraits taken far from prison walls.

Most of the photos represented here are either portraits of NWP members or photos that highlight the Nation Woman’s Party’s tactics which included parades, picketing and street demonstrations. There are over 2600 photographs in the whole collection of which 448 photos are available in this digital collection. If you live within driving distance of Washington DC, you may be able to examine the photos in person. Check with the Library of Congress before hopping in the car.

There are three essays associated with this collection and all three might be helpful to people writing about protest movements or strong female characters:

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