By 1919 many women had been arrested for picketing for suffrage. Women, many from affluent backgrounds, found themselves jailed and treated like criminals for exercising their right to peaceful protest. This outraged suffragettes. Representatives of the National Women’s Party took action by having these women do a speaking tour to further garner support for the passage of the Susan B. Anthony amendment. The Prison Special made its way to Chattanooga, Tennessee, during this time and received a warm welcome from the city’s Mayor, Jesse Littleton. He noted, “And if you must go to jail again in making your fight for the federal amendment, I would be very glad to go with you.” These pages are from a special issue of the Suffragist. The issue is affectionately entitled, “The Prison Special.”
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