Jailed for Freedom Pin presented to Lucille Angiel Calmes, 1919

Jailed for Freedom Pin presented to Lucille Angiel Calmes, 1919

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Luciille Angiel Calmes received this Jailed for Freedom pin, a small silver prison door with a heart-shaped lock, after she was arrested and sentenced to five days in a District of Columbia jail for participating in a watch fire demonstration on January 13, 1919.
The watch fires of freedom marked a return of woman suffrage pickets to the White House. They burned copies of President Woodrow Wilson's speeches in small cauldrons, calling attention to the hypocrisy of his touting democratic principles abroad while he refusing secure the Senate votes needed to pass the woman suffrage amendment.
The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution enfranchising women was ratified in August 1920.
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metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 1 in x 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 2.54 cm x.635 cm
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Lucille Agniel Calmes
Women's Suffrage
Women's Rights
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Political and Military History: Political History, Women's History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Woman Suffrage
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National Museum of American History
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