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Annie (Le Porte) Diggs

Annie (Le Porte) Diggs
Creator: Snyder
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
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.

Congressman Davis Before the United State Senate Committee

Congressman Davis Before the United State Senate Committee
Creator: Davis, John, 1826-1901
Date: May, 1894
Congressman John Davis of Kansas testified for political rights for women before the United States Special Committee on Woman Suffrage on February 21, 1894. He was introduced by Mrs. Annie L. Diggs. Her introduction and his testimony were published in the May 1894 issue of The National Bulletin, Vol. 3, No. 2, Washington, D. C. Davis offered a number of arguments in support of voting rights for women.

Declaration of principles, platform, constitution and by-laws of the National Citizens' Industrial Alliance and proceeding of the National Assembly held at Topeka, January 13 to 17, 1891

Declaration of principles, platform, constitution and by-laws of the National Citizens' Industrial Alliance and proceeding of the National Assembly held at Topeka, January 13 to 17, 1891
Creator: National Citizen's Industrial Alliance
Date: 1891
This pamphlet provides information about the efforts to organize the National Citizens' Industrial Alliance. The organization was trying to unite farmers and laborers into one reform organization to promote issues such as the abolition of national banks, unlimited coinage of silver and gold, and federal laws prohibiting alien ownership of land, dealing in agricultural futures, fair taxation, etc. The group was organized at a meeting January 13--17, 1891, in the Knights of Labor Hall, Topeka, Kansas. Many of these ideas were adopted by the Populists and Populist supporters mentioned in the pamphlet include W. F. Rightmire, S.N. Wood, Mary E. Lease, and Annie Diggs. The constitution and by-laws deal with procedures rather than issues.

Kansas suffrage mass meetings for June

Kansas suffrage mass meetings for June
Creator: The Farmer's Wife
Date: May 1894
This article lists the upcoming suffrage meetings for June and their locations. The first section's meetings will have Carrie Chapman-Catt, Annie Diggs, and Theresa Jenkins as the speakers; the second section's meetings will be addressed by Susan B. Anthony, Anna Howard Shaw, Helen Kimber and Rachel Child.

Kansas Suffrage Reveille: organ of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association

Kansas Suffrage Reveille: organ of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association
Creator: Kansas Equal Suffrage Association (1884-1913)
Date: March 1896-November 1900
This monthly paper served as the official organ of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association (KESA). The paper began publication in March 1896 and was apparently discontinued in November 1900. This collection includes fifty-three of the fifty-five issues published. Two issues [Vol. 2 No. 9 (December) 1897 and Vol. 3 No. 1 (January) 1898] are missing. The executive committee of the KESA subsidized the publication. The paper was intended to improve communication on suffrage issues between the state organization and various local organizations. It contains information about the activities of local equal suffrage associations all over Kanas, news of elections of women to local offices, and stories about the activities of national leaders such as Susan B. Anthony (Aunt Susan) and Carrie Chapman Catt. Publication began in Eureka, Kansas, with Katie R. Addison as editor and publisher. Production of the paper moved to Leroy, Kansas, by February 1898 with Alice M. David as editor and publisher. The paper includes writings by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman and reports on her activities. A complete text version of this title is being prepared but is not yet available.

The Advocate

The Advocate
Date: January 17, 1894-November 17, 1897
View and search this newspaper by clicking on the Chronicling America link below. This newspaper comes from the collections of the Kansas Historical Society and was digitized with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. On January 17, 1894, the Advocate and Topeka Tribune resumed its original title of the Advocate. Dr. Stephen McLallin continued to edit the Advocate until about a year before he died on March 4, 1897. By then, the paper was under the direction of William Alfred Peffer, the first Populist U.S. Senator. Peffer had been chairman of the national conference that organized the People's Party and served as president of the National Reform Press Association. He was an important reformer to the extent that Populism was sometimes referred to as "Pefferism."

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