Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 266

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(CIVIL RIGHTS--LYNCHING.) CARAWAY, HON. HATTIE W. The Anti-Lynching Bill. Speech of Hon. Hattie W. Caraway of Arkansas in the Senate of the United States. January 13, 1938. 8 pages, 8vo. Creases where folded, together with the original government mailing envelope. Washington, D.C., 1938

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Hattie Wyatt Caraway (1878-1950) was the first woman elected to serve a full term as senator of the United States. Caraway's husband Thadeus, Democratic senator from Arkansas passed away in 1931. According to Arkansas tradition, his widow was allowed to finish out his term. However, Ms Caraway ran in 1932 and with Huey Long's help won her late husband's seat. This speech is quite interesting in that Ms. Caraway tells of her close relationship with people of color in general and more specifically with her colored help. She seems to have genuinely felt for the plight of people of color, but nonetheless joined the filibuster to defeat the Anti-lynching Bill. It was not until the Civil Rights Act of 1968 that lynching was officially declared to be illegal.