For Anna Jarvis, a holiday devoted to moms was not sentimental fluff but a practical exercise in patriotism. More
About: Katharine Lane Antolini
Katharine Lane Antolini is an assistant professor of history and gender studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is the author of Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother’s Day (2014). She wrote this article for “What It Means to Be American,” a national conversation hosted by the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square.