The Myth of Seneca Falls : Memory and the Women''s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898

By: Tetrault, LisaMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gender and American Culture: Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2014Edition: 1Description: 1 online resource (582 p.)ISBN: 9781469615608Subject(s): Suffragists -- United States -- History | Women -- Suffrage -- United States | Women''s rights -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Myth of Seneca Falls : Memory and the Women''s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898DDC classification: 324.623097309034 LOC classification: JK1896 .T48 2014Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Cover Page; The Myth of Seneca Falls; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Prologue Getting Acquainted with History; 1. Woman's Day in the Negro's Hour 1865-1870; 2. Movements without Memories 1870-1873; 3. Women's Rights from the Bottom Up 1873-1880; 4. Inventing Women's History 1880-1886; 5. Commemoration and Its Discontents 1888-1898; Epilogue The Bonfires of History; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women''s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898
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Cover Page; The Myth of Seneca Falls; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Prologue Getting Acquainted with History; 1. Woman's Day in the Negro's Hour 1865-1870; 2. Movements without Memories 1870-1873; 3. Women's Rights from the Bottom Up 1873-1880; 4. Inventing Women's History 1880-1886; 5. Commemoration and Its Discontents 1888-1898; Epilogue The Bonfires of History; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women''s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898

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This provocative work challenges the standard narrative of the history of the women's rights movement in the United States. Even more important, however, it aids readers in understanding how collective historical memory is created and shaped. Debunking the notion of beginnings or origins, -Tetrault (history, Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh) seeks to explain why and how the 1848 Seneca Falls "convention" assumed its central role in the usual historical narrative. Arguing that the women's rights movement could be thought to have had many "beginnings," she roots the centrality of the Seneca Falls "myth" in the political divisions that emerged among suffrage leaders in the decades following the Civil War, as well as in the broader constitutional debates about freedom, black rights, and federal power that marked Reconstruction and its aftermath. The Elizabeth Stanton-Susan B. Anthony faction of suffrage leadership highlighted Seneca Falls because they found it useful to their political agenda and strategy. Some readers may be surprised to learn that the suffrage movement of these years was overly white, narrow in focus and membership, and prone to the race-baiting so typical of these divisive decades. What is also important about this well-argued study is the insights it provides into the pathbreaking nature of the Stanton-Anthony team, both as politicians and as historians of women. The book is fascinating insofar as it unravels the memories of suffrage leaders and sheds light on their internecine battles. VERDICT Recommended for scholars in women's history, constitutional history, and late-19th-century American history.-Marie M. -Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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