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America's History in the Making

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Photograph from Women Strike for Peace March

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Associated Press, A MOTHER ACCOMPANIED BY HER DAUGHTER HOLDS A SIGN THAT READS "SAVE OUR CHILDREN!" (1961). Courtesy of AP/Wideworld.

Creator AP staff/photographer
Context Across the nation, Women Strike for Peace demonstrated against nuclear testing by the United States and the Soviet Union.
Audience Unknown
Purpose To persuade the federal government to ban the testing of nuclear weapons

Historical Significance

Women organized WSP out of a fear of the effects of radiation from a nuclear war would have on their children. WSP protests drew the investigation of their activities from the House Un-American Committee. On December 11, 1962, HUAC subpoenaed WSP members, but the mothers turned the hearings into a circus with their tactics of ridiculing the committee's investigation. Those who testified appealed to mothers throughout the nation.

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