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Coontown Suffragettes (1914)

A Black-American washerwoman leads her fellow women in keeping their idle husbands out of local saloons and bars.


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John Edwards
Mattie Edwards


Mandy Jackson, a colored washlady, attends a white suffragette meeting and is affected by their leader, who told her that she was foolish to do all the work and let her lazy husband loaf. Mandy forthwith determines to start a suffragette party among her own people. The party is organized and, with Mandy as their leader, they start out with a determination to raid the saloons and to make their idle husbands get to work. They proudly march into the gin mill and clear the place of all idlers; each suffragette gets her husband and marches him out. The coon police are summoned, but they, too, are soon subdued. The coon husbands are then put to work and the militant colored suffragettes proudly claimed their first victory. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short





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28 February 1914 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Reviewed in The Northern Daily Mail newspaper on 26th May 1914, after a showing at the Northern Pictures Theatre in Hartlepool (UK). "Coontown Suffragette [sic] is a delightful and certainly sufficiently up-to-date burlesque". See more »

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