Diary 1919 - [No. 1]

Diary 1919 - [No. 1]

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, #32, [microform], Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1988. Originals held by Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.) (Swarthmore, PA) (1919) , 61 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Mead’s diary begins onboard a ship, the Nordaam, while travelling to France. With her on the ship were Alice Thatcher Post, Jane Addams, Alice Hamilton, Mrs. [Ida Floyd?] White, Mary Church Terrell, Rose Standish Nichols, Florence Kelley, Jeanette Rankin, and Emily Greene Balch. After arriving in France, Mead and her party took a train to Paris. On board the train, she was told that 100% of the men on board disapproved of their women’s congress as “spitting on the soldiers.” While in Paris, Mead met up with many colleagues, including Rose Schneiderman, Gabrielle DuChêne, and Mary Anderson. Jane Addams received a letter from President Woodrow Wilson, copied in Mead’s diary. Wilson respected and appreciated the work of Addams, Post, Balch, and others especially regarding the Italian claims. While in Paris, Mead visited a hospital with sick American soldiers, including black men from South Carolina. The soldiers all saw the League of Nations as a good thing, but the French women just wanted the American soldiers to leave. Mead spoke to Lincoln Steffens and Tchaikovsky, who were Bolsheviks, and had varying opinions about Lenin and the future of Russia. Mead took a trip to Epernay, Reines, Laon, Courcy, and Soissons, France. She then traveled to Geneva in May, where she met Sir Thomas Barlay, and spent much time discussing the role of Switzerland as a neutral nation. Mead frequently mentioned the opinions of Professor Charles Borgeaud on the League of Nations and Europe. She then traveled to Berne and Zurich. She discovered that French suffragists did not want to attend the Washington Convention, probably the International Congress of Working Women that was held in October 1919, and that Addams was going to have a hard time living down her reputation as a pacifist. At the Hotel Petrograd, Mead met a war work girl who had southern prejudices regarding the “race issue.” Mead did not agree with her. Nichols thought spies were watching President Wilson’s wife, who was with them. Mead spent much of her time with Miss N [presumably Nichols]. She also mentioned the following people: Madeleine Doty, Ray Stannard Baker, Ethel Snowden, Yella Hertzka, Fannie Fern Andrews, Anna Eckstein, Mr. Hudson, Fran Perlen, and Jong Van Beek en Donk. She frequently discussed the topics of socialism, suffrage, pacifism, the Red Cross, the YWCA, and the League of Nations.
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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