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West Virginia: A Film History
West Virginia Humanities Council
“A great share of the calamities of war fall on women. I see women unused to hard labor gathering corn to keep starvation from the door.” Rutherford B. Hayes
Narrator: In Philippi, Anna Jarvis, who had lost three of her four children to disease, organized Mother’s Day work clubs that provided food and medicine to women impoverished by the war.
Anna Jarvis lost three more children to disease and died on the second Sunday in May. Through her daughter’s efforts, the day became a national holiday – Mother’s Day.
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Video: Anna Jarvis organized Mother's Day work clubs. 52 seconds.
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