Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Today -100: February 7, 1917: Of seamen, naval appropriations, and Texas women

The Wilson admin does not plan on treating the killing by a German u-boat of American seaman Richard Wallace on the British steamship Eavestone as a casus belli. Which probably really has nothing to do with the fact that we’ve now learned that Wallace was black. Probably.

The Naval appropriations bill is amended to give Wilson the power to seize shipbuilding yards and munitions factories in event of war or national emergency. And $150 million is added for ship-building and $1 million to acquire the patents for warplanes. Money is also appropriated for machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, etc etc. $500 million all told.

The Texas Legislature rejects a resolution for a women’s suffrage referendum.

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