tv Womans Suffrage Parade Centennial Clip CSPAN January 22, 2017 5:49pm-6:01pm EST
many years and listen to you all, given the great uncertainty in the international sphere today, i came away from this day thinking, it could've been a lot worse. thank god. thank you again. thank you. [applause] >> you are watching american history tv. 48 hours of programming on american history every weekend on c-span3. follow us on twitter at c-span history for information on our schedule and to keep up with the latest news. on march 3, 1913, the day before president woodrow wilson's inauguration, over 5000
women paraded down pennsylvania avenue towards the white house, in the first of its kind demonstration for the right to vote. as thousands watched, some women were insulted and attacked by a mop, resulting in over 200 injuries and called for the u.s. army to subdue the crowd. american history tv attended the celebration of the event and interviewed disappearance -- participants. it was organized by the sorority. day march 3, 1913, they participated in the suffrage march for women to get the right to vote, even before african-americans. women who were social activists in their own date and time. as undergraduate students, they had to get a chaperone to leave camp this. 100 years ago, we did not have freedom movement. was the onlyheta
african-american organizations that participated in the original suffrage march. >> i'm the presiding bishop of the ame church in the state of texas. my grandmother was one of the 22 founders of alta sigma theta sorority. at howard university she was a student. she really believed in communities service. that is what our purpose is to read this is just an exciting day for us to trace the footsteps of our founders. this is a great day for our family to be able to walk the same path that our grandmother walked. woo hoo. the director of the museum. >> i am the correction and facilities manager.
tot: could you explain viewers what is happening here, compared to what happened when hundred years ago? >> the difference between today and 100 years ago is the calmness of the parade. 100 years ago the parade was not a parade so much a riot. the police refused to protect the marchers. as the marchers progressed down their planned parade route, the crowd got larger and larger, they wear very unruly, they started to throw things at the women, they shouted things, they told them to go home. a variety broke out. not just that, street cars continue to empty people into the already packed crowd. the crowd got larger and larger, and more aggressive. the women could not go forward. the police were not involved. the secretary of defense called out the ft. myers cavalry to push back the unwritten -- unruly crowds of the women could
continue their first amendment right. >> at the end of the day over 100 women had to go to the hospital because of their injuries. today, this is a wonderful, peaceful assembly. it is how far we have come in 100 years. the first time a civil rights parade occurred in washington. what is remarkable is alice paul was down here with the delegation, which had been pushing for women's suffrage on a day by day basis. what you see with this parade is the movement for federal amendment to the constitution. it is the start of the real movement that really drove us to the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. host: what was the status of the state-by-state effort? >> 10 states had given the women right to vote. it lost a lot of steam during cuts protesting a sitting president was seen as
unpatriotic. which makes what alice paul did all the more inflammatory and significant. shortly after the 1913 parade, you get into world war i. alice paul and the nwp kidded wilson with wilson's own wards words.banners -- own we now consider it to be common. >> at that point, the women were actually jailed. they were jailed for affecting traffic because they were picketing in front of the white house. see were not allowed to their families, or communicate with their families. several were kept in solitary confinement. thrown to then, ground, given oatmeal with farms in it. they were living under very deplorable conditions. public sentiment started to turn and people started to realize that the women were starting -- fighting for something that should be pushed through. at that point, president wilson
was able to be brought on board, and the 19th amendment was passed as a war measure. it was a way to unite the country, men and women to fight for democracy abroad. she rode on a white horse and let the marchers down pennsylvania avenue. there was 5000 women that march. it quickly turned into a right. of the afternoon was lost. today we are celebrating, which is wonderful to come together with so many women's organizations, including the deltas. alice paul chose the date very deliberately. it was march 3, 1913, the day before woodrow wilson took his first oath of office for his first inauguration as president. the city was full of people that were here to see the president. one of the most wonderful things
in the collection is the book that has two photographs, side-by-side. women the left has marching with rain all around. on the right easy orderly, military style parade that to face for president wilson's inauguration. if we go back to the parade in 1913, what was the immediate reaction after that? >> the headlines for the newspapers immediately after the parade are incredible. a savings like, parade full of galaxies of suffrage beauties of salted on street corners. the headlines we would consider to be ridiculous. the public sentiment was part of incredible shift. before suffrage was considered this movement of old women, women who were spinsters and unattractive and unintelligent.
with this parade, the newspaper saw the suffrage movement as headed by young, vibrant, intelligent, engage, educated women who wanted to take their rightful place in a democracy. do you compare the way this city and the police handled was happened then to now, at the beginning of the change of how protesters handled? when alice paul applied for the protest permit to march in washington dc, she could not get shortlynce until before. he refused to turn off the streetcars. a continued to disgorge people into the already packed crowds. people kept pushing, and king, and pushing in. as a result of the terrible injuries that happened that day, the police know that they need to block off streets and prevent
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