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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mother's Day Proclamation

Mother's Day began after the Civil War. It was a protest by mothers against the carnage of war. Here is the original Mother's Day Proclamation from 1870.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice."

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of

Julia Ward Howe. Boston. 1870


SagaciousHillbilly said...

According to WV history (and believe me, WVians take credit for a lot of stuff that I aint so sure about. . . like the first battle of the civil war, the first steamboat (STFU Robt. Fulton, you NY poser), Mother's Day was begun by Anna Marie Jarvis on May 10, 1908 in Grafton, WV (actaully a bit south of there).
It was officially established by congress on May 8, 1914 as the second Sunday in May.
Hey, I only report what they tell me around here.

Anonymous said...

good post. your momma should be proud

MacDaddy said...

sagacious: Folks in Atlanta, Georgia, where I used to live, take questionable credit for things too...There may be confusion arising out of what was organized by activists like Howe just after the civil war and what was officially proclaimed. What I read was that it was organized, fizzled out due to neglect then picked up again about 25 years later. I'll see if I can find out more. Thanks.