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What’s Old is New Again: Occupy Language!…

 

Just in case: from Meagan Hess at the University of Virginia, Slang in the Great Depression.

 

As we do our best to steer clear of Hooverville, we might recall that it was during this period– on this date in 1932– that Hattie (Ophelia Wyatt) Caraway won a special election and became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.  An Arkansas Democrat, Caraway had been appointed to the seat two months earlier to fill the vacancy left by her late husband, Thaddeus Horatio Caraway.  In 1938, she was reelected.

Although she was the first freely-elected female senator, Caraway was preceded in the chamber by Rebecca Latimer Felton, who was appointed in 1922 to fill a vacancy but never ran for election.  Jeannette Rankin, elected to the House of Representatives as a pacifist from Montana in 1917, was the first woman to ever sit in Congress.

Senator Caraway (source)

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January 12, 2012 at 1:01 am

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