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The battle to keep Mother's Day free of politics and profits
Despite what you may suspect, Mother's Day was not invented by greeting card companies. One woman — Anna Jarvis — first established the day in the United States to honour her own mom... and she went toe to toe with flower companies, U.S. presidents and charities to uphold her singular, sentimental vision for the occasion. History professor Katharine Lane Antolini of West Virginia Wesleyan College tells the story of Jarvis' childlike devotion to the cause, and the activist roots of Mother's Day that can't be tamped down.