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13 1894 Southern Ladies and Gentlemen At its second convention in 1894 the membership of the Texas Equal Rights Association debated the advisability of inviting Susan 8. Anthony and the Reverend Anna Howard Shaw to visit Texas during a proposed lecture and organizing tour across the South. President Rebecca Henry Hayes argued that southern audiences were not yet ready to receive radical northern suffragists like Anthony; Grace Danforth, Elizabeth Fry, and Belle Burchill led a vocal opposition. The animosity generated over this issue led eventually to a split that fatally weakened the TERA. DOCUMENT* WOMAN SUFFRAGISTS MINUTES OF THE THIRD DAY'S SESSION OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS CONVENTION. WAVING THE BLOODY SHIRT Up to this time the entire proceedings of the convention had been characterized by harmony. The question of the ability to and advisability of the association's securing the services of Susan B. Anthony and Annie Shaw in the delivery of a series of lectures in behalf of the cause over the state was brought up. Mrs. S. L. Trumbull of Dallas was in the chair. Mrs. President Hayes—This would be decidedly too expensive. We have scarcely been able during the past year to provide sufficient funds for carrying on the work ourselves. Again, it would not be good policy to pursue such a course at the present time. Dr. Grace Danforth—I take issue with the president. With such a woman as Mrs. (sic) Anthony in Texas we could pack the halls of the principal cities with men and women to hear her. If we can afford it, let us by all means secure her. Mrs. President Hayes—There is a matter I feel it my duty to call to the attention of the body. The time is not at hand for Mrs. Anthony to address the people of Texas. A grand mistake has been made by the national association in choosing Atlanta as the point for the next meet- *From: "The Woman Suffragists . . . Waving the Bloody Shirt," Dallas Morning News, 9 June 1894. 101 102 CITIZENS AT LAST ing of the national suffrage association. The national conventions have heretofore been held on neutral ground. Atlanta was not the place for the next meeting. At the last national convention Fred Douglass had stepped to the front of the platform after the selection of Atlanta as the next meeting point had been announced and publicly stated that he could not attend it. That when he had left Georgia he had done so as a slave and he did not propose to again place his feet on the soil of that state. A great mistake had indeed been made in choosing that point for the convention. In her opinion the time was not at hand for Mrs. Anthony to stump a southern state. Let all women and friends of the movement in the north delay the southern crusade until after the Atlanta convention. There they could meet the southern ladies and obtain a true insight into the situation. Afterward their visits to the south could be made with a full understanding of southern character and southern womanhood. Dr. Danforth—I am a woman southern born and southern raised. I had hoped that ensanguined garment, the bloody shirt, had been buried forever. I do not agree with Mrs. Hayes. I say welcome, thrice welcome, to all advocates of our cause, be they from the north, south, east, or west. Let them come. Southern women will hear them. J. W. Baird of Anson, the only male delegate present—I agree with Mrs. Hayes. The time is not here for women of the north to stump the south in the interest of the cause so dear to our hearts. The people would not come out to hear Mrs. Anthony. I think we have home talent capable of advocating our cause among us. In 1892 the candidate of my party for president had been rotten egged in Georgia [great confusion ], and I for one would not expose Mrs. Anthony [still greater confusion ], to such— He got no further. Mrs. Belle M. Burchill of Fort Worth and Mrs. W. D. Knowles of Dallas were on their feet instantly. Mrs. Burchill, with flashing eyes, said excitedly—I want to inform you, sir, that I am a northern woman. I have lived in Texas over twenty years. I came here naturally to some extent prejudiced against these people. It is different now. I know these people. I love them—yea, as well if not better...

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ISBN
9781623493684
Related ISBN
9781623493653
MARC Record
OCLC
954671611
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
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No
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