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The Story of Alice Paul And the National Women's Party

Thelton Hall Publishing : The Story of Alice Paul And the National Women's Party

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Thelton Hall Publishing : The Story of Alice Paul And the National Women's Party

"I went into Occoquan Prison as a prisoner on September 18, 1917. I went in with the idea of obeying the regulations and of being a reasonable prisoner. While there I saw such injustice, neglect, and cruelty on the part of the officials that I was forced into rebellion. During my thirty days' imprisonment I saw that commissioners and other officials made occasional visits but that the people in charge were usually warned and used much deception on the occasion of these visits. Specially prepared food replaced the wormy, fermenting, and meager fare of ordinary days. Girls too frail to work were hurried off the scrubbing and laundry gangs, and were found apparently resting. Sick women were hidden. Girls were hurried out of punishment cells as the visitors proceeded through the buildings, and were hidden in linen rooms or rooms of matrons already inspected. " -Page 295 "When first they began to wage their warfare on the Democratic Party, old Suffragists rebuked them; and rebuked them always on the score that they were too young to know any better. 'How hard we tried to seem old,' Alice Paul said. 'On all occasions we pushed elderly ones into the foreground and when Mrs. Lawrence Lewis became a grandmother, how triumphant we were. Oh, we encouraged grandmotherhood in those days.' But now - triumphantly successful - they were no longer afraid of their own youth. They knew it was their greatest asset. They made the place ring with its gaiety. They made it seethe with its activity. They made it rock with its resolution. 'The young are at the gates!' said Lavinia Dock." -Page 321
Paper back, 500 pages, 7 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches