“Night of Terror” – 1915 Suffragettes Beaten

I just learned that 33 women imprisoned for demonstrating in front of the White House for the right to vote (1917) were brutally beaten by prison guards in what became known as the “Night of Terror”? Why aren’t we taught our history?

“Under orders from W. H. Whittaker, superintendent of the Occoquan Workhouse, as many as forty guards with clubs went on a rampage, brutalizing thirty-three jailed suffragists. They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head, and left her there for the night. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed, and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate Alice Cosu, who believed Mrs. Lewis to be dead, suffered a heart attack. According to affidavits, other women were grabbed, dragged, beaten, choked, slammed, pinched, twisted, and kicked. (source: Barbara Leaming, Katherine Hepburn (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 182.) “

Source: Quote above found on web at moondance.org/ 1998 /winter98 /nonfiction /alice.html (web site reported infected by Google as of March 2013)

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