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1.04 linear feet ((2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder)
An accomplished leather worker, Dennett was inspired by the "craftsman ideal" articulated by John Ruskin and William Morris, a reaction against industrial capitalism. Attracted to organizations seeking a broader distribution of wealth and power, she worked for woman suffrage, the single tax, proportional representation, and free trade; she was also a member of Heterodoxy, a feminist club that met in Greenwich Village in New York City. An active opponent of U.S. involvement in World War I, she managed a series of mass meetings of the American Union Against Militarism, and was a leader of the People's Council, a radical antiwar group, and the Woman's Peace Party. Government hostility towards pacifists and Dennett's experience in the "Sex Side of Life" case heightened her interest in civil liberties; she was long active on the National Committee on Freedom from Censorship and with the American Civil Liberties Union. She was the niece of Edwin Doak and Lucia (Ames) Mead, two noted Boston social reformers, and in 1900 married Hartley Dennett, a Boston architect, whom she divorced in 1913; they had two sons, Carleton and Devon. For further biographical information, see Notable American Women,1607-1950 (1971).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These additional papers of Mary Ware Dennett were given to the Schlesinger Library by her granddaughter, Nancy Dennett, in September 1999.
By: Anne Engelhart
- Birth control--Law and legislation--United States
- Censorship--United States
- Childbirth--United States
- Contraception--United States
- Feminists--United States
- Homeopathic physicians--United States
- Lobbyists--United States
- Mothers and sons--United States
- Obscenity (Law)--United States
- Peace--Societies, etc.
- Sex instruction for children--United States
- Social reformers--United States
- Trials (Obscenity)--United States
- Women--Societies and clubs
- Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947. Additional papers of Mary Ware Dennett, 1892-1945: A Finding Aid
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