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Susan B. Anthony’s Silk Shawl

Susan B. Anthony’s Silk Shawl

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Description
Woman’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony wore this red shawl when advocating for woman’s rights at suffrage conventions, speaking engagements or congressional sessions. Red shawls became one of her trademarks and a way to make her instantly recognizable to reporters and the public. It was said in Washington that there were two signs of spring: the return of Congress to the nation’s capital and the sight of Anthony’s red shawl as she also returned to lobby congressmen.
Object Name
shawl
associated person
Anthony, Susan B.
Physical Description
red (overall color)
silk (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 63 in x 63 in; 160.02 cm x 160.02 cm
ID Number
PL.026168
catalog number
26168
accession number
64601
Credit Line
National American Woman Suffrage Association
subject
History, Women's Suffrage
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Political and Military History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Woman Suffrage
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Creating Icons
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Is the fringe on all 4 sides of the shawl or is it only on 2 sides?
What is the dye or pigment source of the red color?
"Would Susan B. Anthony wear her red shawl on most days? Or only on important occasions, like when she spoke to an audience?"
Where did Anthony acquire the shawl? Was it purchased or homemade by herself or a friend?

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