Maurene Cooper

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Interviews with Members of the Women’s International League for Peace in Freedman, zine

I have re-xeroxed, in zine form, a collection of interviews that I conducted in May of 1999 when I was a senior in High School, at Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington PA. This collection of 20 interviews and corresponding photographs was made of women in the Philadelphia area who were members of the Women’s International League for Peace in Freedmen, founded by Jane Adams in 1915 (as a response to World War I). Most of the women who agreed to be in this project were in their 70’s or 80’s at the time, though a small number were middle aged. When cleaning my teenage bedroom a few months ago, I found and revisited this collection of interviews. I am somewhat embarrassed by my naiveté in the  series of questions I asked women who had been activists and politically progressives for over 50 years, and yet this series of interviews came at a time in my life when I was extremely politically active and knew relatively little of the world.

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