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The original Mother's Day proclamation.

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  • Robert Waldrop
    This proclamation was written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870, in reaction to the carnage of the Civil War, was the first call for a national holiday to celebrate
    Message 1 of 1 , May 9, 2010
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      This proclamation was written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870, in reaction to
      the carnage of the Civil War, was the first call for a national holiday
      to celebrate motherhood. Below is its text in full.

      Bob Waldrop, Romero House, Oklahoma City

      Arise, then, women of this day!

      Arise, all women who have hearts,
      Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

      Say firmly:
      "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
      Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and
      applause.
      Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
      All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
      We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
      To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

      From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
      It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of
      justice."
      Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
      As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
      Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest
      day of counsel.

      Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
      Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
      Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
      Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
      But of God.

      In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
      That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
      May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
      And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
      To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
      The amicable settlement of international questions,
      The great and general interests of peace.
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