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Date(s) - 12/10/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us for an online presentation about the women suffragists’ incarceration at the Occoquan Workhouse.  Associate Professor Alice Reagan of Northern Virginian Community College will put the event into the larger historical context of the  confrontation between Alice Paul’s National Woman’s Party and the Woodrow Wilson administration.  Beginning in 1913, Paul and her supporters started to hold the Wilson-led Democratic Party responsible for the lack of progress in the passage of the 19th Amendment.  The women began picketing the White House in January 1917 and their banners caused increased friction with the government–particularly after the US entered WWI in April. Despite arrests and prison terms, the women refused to stop picketing. This led to the infamous Night of Terror, when the women were beaten and harassed. The negative publicity from this incident was one of the things that pushed Wilson toward support for the woman’s suffrage amendment.

Jailed suffragists draw attention to their plight from their cell windows at the Occoquan Workhouse.

Professor Alice Reagan has been teaching at Northern Virginia Community College since 1989.  She is a specialist in 19th century southern history and the Civil War.  She teaches the US History and Western Civilization as well as the Civil War and Reconstruction and Women in American History. She also teaches Virginia history.  She has a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University at Albany an earned a Masters in history at North Carolina State University. She did further graduate work in history at the University of Maryland.  She has received several awards for her teaching and community service.  She has written 2 books, including one on Atlanta carpetbagger Hannibal I. Kimball.  In her spare time, she is a docent and consultant at the Lucy Burns Museum at the Workhouse Arts Center.

This event is part of a series of free monthly public events provided by the Arlington Historical Society.  Since the pandemic curtailed our live events, AHS has been providing them to the public via Zoom.  Attendees must register before Wednesday, December 9 by clicking on this link: REGISTER for AHS event and then provide the attendee’s email address.  On the morning of the event (Dec 10) attendees will receive an email with zoom access information.  This procedure is for your security.