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A portrait of Annie (Le Porte) Diggs, who was born in 1848 in Canada to an American mother and French father. Two years later the family moved to New Jersey, where she attended school. Diggs moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1873 and married Alvin S. Diggs shortly thereafter. While in Kansas, Diggs began to attend the local Unitarian Church and developed a strong sense of moral responsibility that prompted her to work for temperance and women's suffrage. During 1882, Diggs and her husband published the newspaper Kansas Liberal, and beginning in 1890 she was the associate editor of the Alliance Advocate. As a radical reformer seeking to wipe out injustice, Diggs also allied herself with the Farmer's Alliance, aiding in the creation of the People's (Populist) Party, serving on the Populist National Committee, and supporting the fusion of the Populist and Democratic parties in the 1898 election. Throughout this time she continued to work actively for women's voting rights and served in the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association. In 1898, she was appointed the state librarian of Kansas, and she was also elected president of Kansas Press Women in 1905. Diggs moved to New York City in 1906, where she worked on two publications: The Story of Jerry Simpson (1908) and Bedrock (1912). She relocated to Detroit, Michigan, in 1912 and died there on September 7, 1916.
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
Although there are no other sources selected for this standard that relate to Annie Diggs, she is one of the leading figures in this movement and there is a biographical sketch of her on p. 174 of the textbook The Kansas Journey.
Item Number: 200077
Call Number: B Diggs, Annie L. (Le Porte) *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 200077
Agriculture - Farm organizations - Farmer's Alliance
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Authors
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Journalists
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Librarians
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Clubs and organizations - Reform/Advocacy - Kansas Equal Suffrage Association
Community Life - Clubs and organizations - Reform/Advocacy - Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Community Life - Religion - Christianity - Unitarian
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - Fusion between Democrats and Populists
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - Rise of the third-party system
Curriculum - The Kansas Journey - Chapter 8: Reform Movements: "It Happens First in Kansas"
Date - 1890s
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Populist
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Farm movements - Farmer's Alliance
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Populism
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Prohibition and temperance
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Suffrage - Women
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Women's rights
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - Notable Kansans - Diggs, Annie L. (Annie Le Porte), 1853-1916
People - Women
Places - Cities and towns - Lawrence
Places - Counties - Douglas
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917 - Populism, 1890-1900
Type of Material - Photographs