Diary 1914 - [No. 2]

Diary 1914 - [No. 2]

written by Lucia True Ames Mead, 1856-1936, in Edwin D. Mead and Lucia Ames Mead Papers, 1876-1938, of Swarthmore College Peace Collection (Microfilm Reel 5, #24, [microform], Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1988. Originals held by Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.) (Swarthmore, PA) (1914) , 132 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Mead mainly writes about the state of the war, efforts to promote peace, and conversations with acquaintances about war. Frequently mentions Clara, Norman Angell, Abbott, Williams, the Cadburys, Perris, and Dr. Jordan. Lucia and Edwin Mead frequently attend and speak at unnamed peace meetings and conferences. Organizations noted: “Ch. Congress”, National Peace Council, Liberal Women’s Club, Neutrality League, Red Cross, The National Council for Prevention of War, Suffrage headquarters. Diary begins after the Second Session of the Peace Conference, where participants sent telegrams to government leaders engaged in the war - the Kaiser, the Tsar, Woodrow Wilson, etc. Took the train to Constance, Germany. Notes the wartime environment in Germany – mobilization notices, anxious worshippers in Church, etc. Talks to German soldiers about the experience of war and what peace activists can do. The Meads mostly reside in London, where Lucia Mead notes that Allen Baker tried to speak to the British Prime Minister before Britain joined Belgium in the war against Germany, but Baker was unsuccessful. Angell’s Neutrality League purchased advertisements in the major papers. Voted on a statement of “substance of doctrine” peace at a committee meeting, calling for justice and law which sometimes required the use of force. Wrote an appeal to American Women, sent in to the Evening Post; Edwin Mead sent articles to the New York Times, Christian Monitor, and Times London. Lucia Mead notes the changing atmosphere of England – drinking is on the rise, the government has taken over the railroads, etc. The suffragists in jail were let out and the militants called a truce. Discusses what might have happened if England and President Wilson had taken more steps toward mediation before war broke out. Talked to soldiers staying at the YMCA before they shipped off to war. Mentions refugees coming over from the European continent. Left London for the British countryside for a vacation then got on a boat, presumably back to the US.
Field of Interest
Women and Social Movements
Lucia True Ames Mead, 1856-1936
Women and Social Movements, International
Content Type
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Women and Social Movements, History, Transnational Women’s Movement, Movimiento de Mujeres Transnacional, Movimento Feminista Transnacional, Lucia True Ames Mead, 1856-1936
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Movimiento de Mujeres Transnacional, Movimento Feminista Transnacional

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