The Radical History of Mother’s Day

The Radical History of Mother’s Day

Laura Kacere, Op-Ed:     “Mother’s Day began in America in 1870 when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation. Written in response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, her proclamation called on women to use their position as mothers to influence society in fighting for an end to all wars. She called for women to stand up against the unjust violence of war through their roles as wife and mother, to protest the futility of their sons killing other mothers’ sons.” [Read story in Nation of Change]
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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On May 15, 2012 at 2:05 am

    It’s amazing the way the commercial sector turns an important historical event into a consumption feast.

  • NDTewarie  On May 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm


    Without mothers we surely won’t be here
    It’s fitting to celebrate one day of the year
    But after being motherly for 365 days
    We really should show it in more ways
    For these beautiful people mothers
    Who’re our aunts, wives and sisters
    Our over worked nurses, and doctors
    Our friends and everyday teachers
    Yet in some places of this planet
    Not a tiny respect they don’t get
    They are abused and denied their right
    And stopping this wrong is not in sight
    Mothers are very precious
    Their meals are delicious
    For the socks or shirt you can’t find
    A mother is there to soothe your mind
    If you are lazy and leave your room in a mess
    She’ll fret but she’ll clean it I have to confess
    Some kids’ eyes are covered with wool
    Then motherhood to them is ungrateful
    They love you with faults anyhow
    They will even face a butting cow
    If someone ever threaten a mother’s young
    Even if you threaten to cut out their tongue
    They will defend their young so gallantly
    And you will always have their loyalty
    They are the bulwark of the health systems
    They’re more precious than diamond or gems
    No matter how warring with flags we unfurled
    Our loving mothers brought us into this world

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