Letter from Sallie Southall Cotten to Gertrude Weil
Prior to the institution of modern safeguards at the ballot box, it was not uncommon for corrupt politicians to "stuff the ballot boxes" with ballots filled in in advance of the election. This practice appalled Weil, and in 1922, only two years after women had won the right to vote, she bravely marched up to the ballot boxes and destroyed the previously marked ballots, thus "purifying" the election. In this letter, Sallie Southall Cotten, a long-time friend and founder of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, expresses her admiration of Weil's actions and "glor[ies] in her spunk."
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Letter from Sallie Southall Cotten to Gertrude Weil." (Viewed on October 26, 2014) <http://jwa.org/media/letter-from-sallie-southall-cotten-to-gertrude-weil>.