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William Barret Travis' 1836 Letter from the Alamo is read by Texas Governor Rick Perry

"Handicapped" suffrage document is read by former First Lady Laura Bush

Sam Houston letter to Andrew Jackson is read by U.S. Senator John Cornyn

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1919 broadside entitled "Handicapped," which appeals for support for women's suffrage

Read by former First Lady Laura Bush in December Laura Bush recording reading2009

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About the document

In 1919, the male voters of Texas went to the polls to determine the fate of women's suffrage in Texas. Suffragists mounted a massive campaign to pass the proposed constitutional amendment to grant women the right to vote, holding mass meetings, circulating petitions, going door-to-door, and circulating more than 300,000 pieces of literature, including this broadside entitled "Handicapped."

About Laura Bush

Laura Bush, a native of Midland, was First Lady of Texas from 1995-2000, and First Lady of the United States from 2001-2009. A former teacher and librarian, she has long focused on promoting the causes of literacy, education, and women's health.

Image of the 1919 'Handicapped' broadside

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