Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day!

uscitizenpod: Three Citizenship Questions for Mother's Day (video)

Ann Reeves Jarvis was a peace activist who took care of wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. After the war, she hosted Mother's Day Friendship picnics for the women on both sides of the war.  She also created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

After Ann Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work that her mother had started.  Anna Jarvis started a petition to set aside one day every year to honor all mothers.  She said that a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world."

In 1908, Anna Jarvis sent a petition to Congress to make Mother's Day a national holiday. Although Congress rejected the petition, many states and cities adopted the idea.  In 1914, Woodrow Wilson  signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
  • civil rights
  • first amendment rights
  • states’ rights
  • women's rights

What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
  • join a camping group
  • join a civic group
  • join a comedy group
  • join a community group

Name two national U.S. holidays.
  • Memorial Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Valentine's Day
  • Veterans Day

Source: Wikipedia
Image Source: USPS Mother of America Stamp

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