The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 (Gender and American Culture)

The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 (Gender and American Culture) Author Lisa Tetrault
ISBN-10 1469633507
ISBN-13 9781469633503
Year 2017-02-01
Pages 296
Language English
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
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The story of how the women s rights movement began at the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 is a cherished American myth The standard account credits founders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton Susan B Anthony and Lucretia Mott with defining and then leading the campaign for women s suffrage In her provocative new history Lisa Tetrault demonstrates that Stanton Anthony and their peers gradually created and popularized this origins story during the second half of the nineteenth century in response to internal movement dynamics as well as the racial politics of memory after the Civil War The founding mythology that coalesced in their speeches and writings most notably Stanton and Anthony s History of Woman Suffrage provided younger activists with the vital resource of a usable past for the ongoing struggle and it helped consolidate Stanton and Anthony s leadership against challenges from the grassroots and rival suffragists As Tetrault shows while this mythology has narrowed our understanding of the early efforts to champion women s rights the myth of Seneca Falls itself became an influential factor in the suffrage movement And along the way its authors amassed the first archive of feminism and literally invented the modern discipline of women s history 2015 Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize Organization of American Historians

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Linnaeus Author Lisbet Koerner
ISBN-10 9780674039698
Release 2009-06-01
Pages 320