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Controversies Surrounding Mother's Day

2010-03-19

Queen’s English Professor, Heather Evans is available to speak about controversies surrounding Mother’s Day including but not limited to the role of war, the church, the development of the greeting card industry, and of the marketplace in the evolution of this less than a century-year-old event.
Professor Evans states that Mother’s Day has been associated directly and indirectly with conflict and controversy – from the Civil War work of the woman who inspired the event to WWII ‘warsages,’ from clerical assaults against suffrage to demonstrations against dangerous obstetrical practices and poor maternal care, from Congressional resistance to establishing Mother’s Day to attacks against the secularization and commercialization of affection and maternal devotion, and from using Mother’s Day as a vehicle for propaganda in support of war to a Mother’s Day march protesting firearms.
Professor Heather Evans, EnglishEmail: heather.evans@queensu.caTo arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca or Stephanie Earp at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 stephanie.earp@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.
 

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