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Alhambra, Calif. March 14, 1930
Why Mathilde Franziska Anneke should be nominated
for the National Roll of Honor.

Because she stood for Woman's Rights at an early
age, when it took courage, capability and insight to do so
and very few women had any progressive ideas. her work,
starting in her home Westphalia, Germany, where she published
a paper in behalf of Woman's Rights in 1847, continued in our
United States after coming over with her husband as fugitives
in 1849, again published a Woman's Rights paper, spoke at
conventions, for instance at Broadway Tabernacle , a conven-
tion of unique and historic value, September 1853 when women
were insulted by mobs and protected by Wendell Pillips. Here
she was nominated as Vice President (Lucretia Mott, President)
together with the best women and men of the time. (See
"History of Woman Suffrage" by Stanton, Anthony, Gage).
Mistake in History of Woman Suffrage Page 572, Volume I. She
went to the battlefields not at the side of Kossuth in Hungary
but at her husband's side in Germany, transmitting orders
alternately with Carl Schurz, both as aid-de-camps of Col.
Fritz Anneke. Took part in conventions at New York City,
Washington, D.C. (where she spoke in English, with some foreign
accent to be sure, but yet compared in her earnestness of feel-
ing and rendition of speech to the great Louis Kossuth)
Milwaukee, etc. became an esteemed an intimate friend of our
best forerunners in the cause Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony,
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Wendell Phillips, W. Lloyd Garrison,
Gerrit Smith and others. Went as delegate to conventions
numerous times.

On the 4th of June 1904 in her opening addres of the
International Congress in Berlin for Woman's Rights, Susan
B. Anthony spoke of "a courageous Westphalian woman, who
had fought as a faithful co-worker, year after year, side
by side with her for the achievement of Woman's Rights, and
whose work doubtless we have to thank for what had been
gained in America in this direction. This woman's name
was Mathilde Franziaka Anneke."

Born in 1817 in Westphalia, Germany died in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, 1884, where she conducted a school for young girls
for eighteen years until one year before she died. Many
scholars in different parts of our globe still live, honor-
ing her memory and loving her for the good she instilled into
them and help make their lives beautiful and happy.

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