By Lisa Tetrault
The tale of ways the women's rights move all started on the Seneca Falls conference of 1848 is a adored American fantasy. the normal account credit founders reminiscent of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott with defining after which top the crusade for women's suffrage. In her provocative new background, Lisa Tetrault demonstrates that Stanton, Anthony, and their friends steadily created and popularized this origins tale through the moment half the 19th century in line with inner circulation dynamics in addition to the racial politics of reminiscence after the Civil struggle. The founding mythology that coalesced of their speeches and writings--most particularly Stanton and Anthony's History of lady Suffrage--provided more youthful activists with the very important source of a usable earlier for the continuing fight, and it helped consolidate Stanton and Anthony's management opposed to demanding situations from the grassroots and rival suffragists.
As Tetrault indicates, whereas this mythology has narrowed our knowing of the early efforts to champion women's rights, the parable of Seneca Falls itself turned an influential think about the suffrage circulate. And alongside the way in which, its authors accrued the 1st archive of feminism and actually invented the fashionable self-discipline of women's history.
2015 Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize, association of yankee Historians