The sarcasm of the 19th century

Title

The sarcasm of the 19th century

Description

When the Statue of Liberty rose in New York Harbor in 1886, suffragists protested. Her presence, they observed, “points afresh to the cruelty of woman’s present position, since it is proposed to represent Freedom as a majestic female form in a State where not one woman is free.”

Lillie Devereux Blake led the protest at the ceremony. She reported: “[Our boat] floating the woman suffrage flag was one of the first steamers to reach Bedloe’s Island, where it assumed one of the best positions, directly in front of the great bronze statue.”

“At the prow of our boat there floated a long white pennon bearing on it the letters ‘New York State Woman Suffrage Association.’ It was worth much of effort and of toil to see that banner flying on that day before the front of our woman Liberty.” #Suffrage100

Creator

Daily Suffragist

Date

13/03/2020

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Citation

Daily Suffragist, “The sarcasm of the 19th century,” Daily Suffragist, accessed September 28, 2022, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/272.

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