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The myth of Seneca Falls : memory and the women's suffrage movement, 1848-1898 / Lisa Tetrault.

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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"--


Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

Physical description

279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Woman's day in the Negro's hour: 1865-1870 -- Movements without memories: 1870-1873 -- Women's rights from the bottom up: 1873-1880 -- Inventing women's history: 1880-1886 -- Commemoration and its discontents: 1888-1898.



  • English

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