News Display: Supreme Court Defends Women's Voting Rights, Wednesday, 2/27

Wednesday, 2/27

To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Teachers College, we will showcase one interesting story per day on the history and development of Teachers College, including its departments, programs and members. Drawn from major national and international newspapers, the display in the Everett Cafe will run for 125 days, Monday, February 4th-Friday, July 26th. In addition we will continue our weekly displays of educational news displays on a wide range of topics, as well as our daily postings of headlines from around the world.
  • Supreme Court Defends Women's Voting Rights, Wednesday, 2/27
  • On February 27, 1922 eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court declared as constitutional the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the Amendment said that "the right of on citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex," -- a landmark achievement for female suffragists and all their supporters. Join us as we display news about the 19th Amendment and the struggle beginning in the mid 19th century to achieve it.
  • Anastasia Arrives in NYC, Wednesday, 2/6
  • On February 6, 1928 a woman claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrived by steamship in New York City. She called herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky (later Anna Anderson) and was greeted by Gleb Botkin, the son of the slain Romanov family doctor, who swore they played together as children and she was a Romanov heir. Despite an entourage of loyal supporters, it was not until 2008 that the truth emerged. Examination of Anderson's DNA after her death showed no relation to the Romanov family. After communism collapsed, the location of the bodies of the royal family was revealed and further testing conducting. Proven was the tragedy that the real Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, was extrajudicially killed along with her parents and siblings by Bolshevik police on 17 July 1918. The news display will cover the remarkable story of both the fake and real Anastasia, fueled by the media (including the 1956 film with Academy Award winning Ingrid Bergman for her starring role) -- and with pause for thought on current issues concerning false identity. (Time Magazine lists Anna Anderson as one of the top ten impostors of all time.)
  • Last Emperor of China Abdicates, Tuesday, 2/12
  • With the establishment of provincial government in China came the abdication on February 12, 1912 of Hsian-T'ung, the last emperor of China. The republican revolution, with the abdication, served to end 2,000 years of imperial rule, and over 260 years of Manchurian rule. Changing his name to Henry Pu Yi, the former child emperor was allowed to reside in the imperial palace. He was exiled in 1924, but a decade later assumed the throne as s K'ang Te, emperor of Manchukuo, a puppet state in Japan. The Manchukuo emperor was returned to China, later imprisoned for war crimes, granted amnesty by Mao Zedong, and pardoned in 1959. Stories about the last emperor of China will illuminate cultural and historical context with the emergence of the Republic of China.
  • U.S. Acquires Spanish Florida, Friday, 2/22
  • On February 22, 1819, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, which ceded the last of Spanish Florida to the United States. As early as 1565 Spain had colonized Florida, which also came under British rule through the first Treaty of Paris. Florida was organized as a U.S. territory in 1822 and was admitted as a slave state in 1845. In addition to being a challenge for European colonial powers, Florida was primary ground for three Seminole Wars (starting in 1814 and lasting until 1858) and racial segregation after the Civil War. News will feature the diplomatic coup achieved by Adams when the "Flowery Land" joined the Union, as we highlight Florida's turbulent history with perspective on our emerging nation. For a brief history, also see the Florida Department of State Historical Resources.
Where: Everett Cafe

Last Updated: 7:01 am, Tuesday, Jan 8 , 2013