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Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)

In 1870 Julia Ward Howe (more information —> HERE) was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her “Mother’s Day Proclamation“.  She is my 5th cousin 5x removed through my paternal 9th g-grandfather, Rev. Pardon Tillinghast (1622-1718).  Julia was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist and poet, most famous as the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, a song that became popular during the American Civil War.  Follow the links on my blog page to a YouTube video about the “Battle Hymn” narrated by Orson Welles, my 7th cousin 2x removed, on my father’s side.  Julia Ward Howe is also (on my father’s side) my 5th-6th cousin 5-6x removed through John Green (1597-1659) and Roger Williams (1603-1683) in various ways (due to marriages of cousins).

The “Mother’s Day Proclamation” (originally knows as her “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world”) by Julia Ward Howe was an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world. Written in 1870, Howe’s “Appeal to womanhood” was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The appeal was tied to Howe’s feminist conviction that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.

In 1872 Howe asked for the celebration of a “Mother’s Day for Peace” on the 2nd June of every year, but she was unsuccessful.  The modern Mother’s Day is an unrelated celebration and it was established by Anna Jarvis years later.



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