Monday, May 11, 2015

The Untold History of Women's Suffrage: Part 1.

We have previously posted on the untold history of racism and bigotry found in the Women's Suffrage movement towards black men and immigrants, and here's more hidden information your gender studies professors never told you about.

"The Myth of Seneca Falls" in Kindle Locations 2896 of 8065 it talks about how Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in their History of Woman Suffrage anthology set out to bash the perceived urgency of giving black men the right to vote because they as white women felt they deserved it before black men. The reference to "volume 1 in the quote is to Volume 1 of "History of Woman Suffrage". Quote:

"Referring to the need for educated suffrage and praising their own stance against the Fifteenth Amendment, the pair, almost alone, rightfully understood “that with the incoming tide of ignorant voters from Southern plantations and from the nations of the Old World, government needed the intelligent votes and moral influence of woman to outweigh the ignorance and vice fast crowding round our polling booths.”...

Although abolitionist men imagined themselves in the radical vanguard of human rights, they had grossly violated human rights, Stanton and Anthony charged, by compromising and granting suffrage to “ignorant” black men but not “educated” white women....

Volume 1’ s insistence that Seneca Falls had inaugurated “the most momentous reform that has yet been launched on the world” 88 and put forward “the most important demand of the century ” 89 implicitly and explicitly (not to mention, intentionally) undercut the claim that African American suffrage was urgent."

And on "The Myth of Seneca Falls" in Kindle locations 2943 of 8065 talks about how Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony lied about black pioneers like Sojourner Truth in an effort to try to pit black women against black men in an endorsement of (white) women deserving the right to vote before black men. The reference to them distorting the way Truth talked is concerning the supposed quote of hers where she asked "aren't I a woman?". In reality Truth's first language was Dutch and she never used Southern slang. Quote:

"Revealing the ways in which white women often exoticized Truth, Stanton and Anthony introduce the speech by informing readers that Truth “is still living . . . though now 110 years old.”...Truth’s words are reported in dialect (which in all likelihood was not the way they were actually delivered), further exoticizing her and demeaning her intelligence....

Stanton and Anthony used her to argue that black women endorsed and deferred to a white women’s rights agenda as representing the concerns of all women , including those of black women. As the story continues , Truth returns to her seat, sits quietly, and takes her direction from white women, who then run the meeting."

In Locations 2352 of 8065 the following passage talks about how feminist hero Susan B. Anthony even though she smiled in former slave, Frederick Douglass's, face she privately told the other white women's suffrage leaders to never forget how insulting it was that black men(and Irish and Chinese Americans) were given the right to vote before white women. This is your history. Do not allow those who opposed the amendment that gave black men the vote to pose as your saviors today. Quote:

"Douglass’s support for woman suffrage had remained steadfast throughout his long career. 180 And he took the stage with Stanton and Anthony at this and other events, despite the harsh words the three had exchanged in the 1860s. In many ways, their primary fights were not with each other but with the larger power structures that denied women and African Americans rights. The three remained friends, if not close friends, throughout their long careers. Still, Anthony privately encouraged suffragists to remember the insult of the “negro’s hour.”

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