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Call No.: MC 213; M-23
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Kate Richards O'Hare, 1877-1948
Title: Letters from Kate Richards O'Hare, 1919-1920
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and photograph of Kate Richards O'Hare, socialist organizer and prison reformer.
Kate Richards O'Hare, Socialist organizer and prison reformer, opposed United States participation in World War I, as did most other Socialists; she lectured throughout the United States on "Socialism and the World War" during 1917, and was arrested on July 17 in Bowman, North Dakota for allegedly saying "that the women of the United States were nothing more or less than brood sows, to raise children to get into the Army and be made into fertilizer." Although O'Hare denied the charge, she was indicted and found guilty under the Espionage Act and sentenced to five years in the Missouri State Penitentiary, entering prison on April 15, 1919; her sentence was commuted on May 29, 1920.
This signed volume, entitled "Dear Sweethearts" is a collection of mimeographed letters from Kate Richards O'Hare to her family, written during her incarceration from April 1919 to May 1920. In these letters O'Hare discusses conditions of life and work in the prison; her fellow inmates; her family and friends; politics; books; the psychology of women and developments in psychoanalysis; and her religious and political beliefs. The volume also contains a photograph of O'Hare with her children.