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Proclamation of 1870 Mother's Day Card
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Proclamation of 1870.
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Origin of Mother's Day!
then...women of this day!
Mother's Peace Day.
is the text of the
Proclamation of 1870 by Julia Ward Howe.
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will 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
We, the 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 bosum of a 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 plough and the anvil at the summons
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
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And 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 peace.
Ward Howe, 1870
Ward Howe was born in New York City on May 27, 1819. She was
a published poet and author of the words to the Battle Hymn of
the Republic. She was anabolitionist, active in the peace movement
and the women's suffrage movement. in 187o she penned the Mother's
Day Proclamation. In 1872 the Mother's Peace Day Observance on
the second Sunday in June was held and continued for several
years. Her idea was widely accepted, but she was never able to
get the day recognized as an official holiday. The Mother's Peace
Day was the beginning of the Mother's Day holiday in the United
States now celebrated in May.
Peace Symbol Jewelry:
Pendants, Necklaces, Pins,
Earrings, Keyrings. (Doves, too!)
Water Drop Jewelry