Monday, May 11, 2015

The Myth of Seneca Falls.

The title of the book is "The Myth of Seneca Falls" because it details the way Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony created a myth about how the Seneca Falls convention was the start of the women's suffrage movement and they did so to cement themselves as leaders and to marginalize women like Lucy Stone who were actually present at the true beginning of the movement. This foundation myth of Seneca Falls has now become the accepted truth and is taught to school children and in Universities as the undisputed beginning of the women's suffrage movement. Quote:

"[N]either of them had attended the first national women’s rights meeting at Worcester in 1850. That alternative point of origin, which they had previously embraced, drew the wrong lessons about which side of the divided movement, which side of history, suffragists should choose in 1873.

That story pointed to Stone and her allies who had been moving influences at Worcester in 1850. By contrast, a Seneca Falls origin excluded them. It was exclusive , rather than inclusive. And Stanton and Anthony preferred it for just this reason. It limited the movement’s legitimate leaders to a very small contingent.

Stone and all those activists who had taken a robust part in the antebellum movement over the 1850s, who toiled to build and sustain it, were erased—...In this way, the 1873 commemoration was less about preserving history than it was about creating a collective memory that drew a clear line of succession."

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Disclaimer: All Credit for the research goes to Diligent Purpose for providing screenshots and links for "The Myth of Seneca Falls" And " The History of Woman's Suffrage Vol 2". 

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