A Brief History
On February 9, 1907, the city of London was the scene of an epic civil rights march, colloquially known as “The Mud March.” More correctly known as the “United Procession of Women,” it was at the time the largest demonstration in history for the cause of women’s suffrage. Today, we name a few others of the most famous or infamous marches.
- The Long March, 1934-1935, when Mao Zedong led Chinese communist forces on an epic retreat by foot over the course of a year, walking about 5600 miles on the trek!
- The Bataan Death March, April 1942, when Japanese soldiers marched as many as 80,000 American and Filipino prisoners over 60 miles without food and water, killing as many as 18,000 of the prisoners along the way.
- The March on Washington, August 1963, when hundreds of thousands of Americans led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. peacefully protested against racial segregation.
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For more information, please see…
George, Linda, and Charles George. Civil Rights Marches. Childrens Pr, 1999.
Knox, Donald. Death March: The Survivors of Bataan. Harcourt, 1981.
The featured image in this article, a photograph from The Illustrated London News of the Mud March, 9 February 1907, is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1928.
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