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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Circular letter, Lucy Burns (1879–1966) to National Woman’s Party Members, November 9, 1917, with undated handwritten note from Etta E. Southwell. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (103.00.00)
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Circular letter, Lucy Burns (1879–1966) to National Woman’s Party Members, November 9, 1917, with undated handwritten note from Etta E. Southwell. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (103.00.00)
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“No Punishment is Too Severe”

Many people rallied around the imprisoned suffragists. Contributions to the NWP in November 1917 more than doubled what the organization received the previous November. Not everyone, however, endorsed the picketing and hunger strikes; some canceled their membership. Etta E. Southwell returned Lucy Burns’s circular letter with an unsympathetic note stating, “there is no punishment too severe for the disloyal and unpatriotic women who have annoyed the President and injured the cause of women throughout the country by their silly conduct.”

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