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Folklore: context for 'Shameless Agitator' phrase?

CapriUni 02 Jul 11 - 04:18 PM
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Subject: Folklore: context for 'Shameless Agitator' phrase?
From: CapriUni
Date: 02 Jul 11 - 04:18 PM

When I was a Teen, and in my early 20s (~1980s), and Mother and I would attend politically / protest-oriented events, a common phrase we'd see printed on tee-shirts was "Shameless Agitator."

And I got to wondering: is there a specific historical context for this phrase? Was it a common epithet thrown around in newspapers to refer to Suffragettes, for example? Or labor leaders? Can it be traced back to a particular quote?

Bit of random, personal trivia: Once, one of us (either it was I, or my mother, who then shared with me), misread one of those shirts as "Shameless Alligator," which then became a running joke between us until the end of her life. That memory recently came back to me, and that's what's gotten me curious about this...

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