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Rebecca Latimer Felton Becomes the First Female US Senator (1922) Options
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Rebecca Latimer Felton Becomes the First Female US Senator (1922)

Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick unsuccessfully fought the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote—and to vote against him in retaliation when he ran for US Senate. Before the election, he tried to appease female voters by naming Felton, an 87-year-old suffragist and white supremacist, to be Georgia's interim senator for the shortest term in history—one day. Felton thus became the first woman, one of the last former slave-owners, and the oldest freshman to serve. Did Hardwick's ploy work? More...
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Felton's views reflected white supremacy. She claimed, for instance, that the more money that Georgia spent on black education, the more crimes blacks committed.


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Felton considered "young blacks" who sought equal treatment "half-civilized gorillas," and ascribed to them a "brutal lust" for white women. While seeking suffrage for women, she decried voting rights for blacks, arguing that it led directly to the rape of white women.


Funny times. Now only Blacks can express racist and supremacist views. Extremes meet, as the saying goes.
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ChristopherJohnson wrote:
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Felton's views reflected white supremacy. She claimed, for instance, that the more money that Georgia spent on black education, the more crimes blacks committed.


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Felton considered "young blacks" who sought equal treatment "half-civilized gorillas," and ascribed to them a "brutal lust" for white women. While seeking suffrage for women, she decried voting rights for blacks, arguing that it led directly to the rape of white women.


"Funny times. Now only Blacks can express racist and supremacist views. Extremes meet, as the saying goes."


Thank goodness, we don't see calls for a thousand white alleged rapists lynched weekly, if needed, to save "the women's most precious possessions".
And there is no dividing and selling of tortured, mutilated and burned bodies as souvenirs anymore. Or is there?!...
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Rebecca Latimer Felton Becomes the First Female US Senator (1922)
Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick unsuccessfully fought the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote—and to vote against him in retaliation when he ran for US Senate. Before the election, he tried to appease female voters by naming Felton, an 87-year-old suffragist and white supremacist, to be Georgia's interim senator for the shortest term in history—one day. Felton thus became the first woman, one of the last former slave-owners, and the oldest freshman to serve.
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A disgusting person. An embarrassing page in U.S. history. Not the first, unfortunately, not the last.
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An inconvenient history (or "herstory"): Senator Felton was a DEMOCRAT.

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Yes, he ployed work
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KenO wrote:
"A disgusting person. An embarrassing page in U.S. history. Not the first, unfortunately, not the last."


Amazingly enough, Miss Felton was a progressive force for her day.

It's too bad that she fought for the rights of her gender, but did not even recognize the humanity of others, such as the "darkies".

Perhaps time wil reveal our own disgusting prejudices.

Or perhaps not.

Human progress is not linear and rights that we see now as unalienable are sometimes taken away for good.
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