American Progressive: Elizabeth Glendower Evans

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Papers and Correspondence from Radcliffe College

Previous title: Women in America

The papers and correspondence of Elizabeth Glendower Evans, published here for the first time, are a central source for any study of the American progressive movement, women's and labor politics, modern social policy and civil liberties.

They document:

  • Her 17 years as National Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, 1920-1937, defending free speech, the rights of aliens and fighting for the rights of socialist and radicals against post-war reaction
  • Her central role in the Sacco-Vanzetti case, personally enlisting the help of H.L. Mencken, Samuel Elliott Morrison and others, and gaining national publicity for the trial
  • Her leadership of the Massachusetts campaign which resulted in the first minimum wage act for women in the United States
  • Her pioneering social work in Massachusetts
  • Her efforts for women's suffrage and for peace, including details of her 1915 delegacy to the International Congress of Women in The Hague
The remarkable correspondence collection includes letters from a host of eminent reformers: Jane Addams, Alice Blackwell, Margaret Bondfield, Margaret Cole, Mary Dewson, John and Katherine Bruce Glasier, Alice Hamilton, Alice Livingston, James Ramsey MacDonald, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lillian Wald and Woodrow Wilson (for whom she campaigned in 1916). A complete title listing accompanies the collection.