The Myth of Seneca Falls

If women’s history is covered at all in our androcentric courses at school, it tends to occupy only a few paragraphs, maybe one chapter, of our textbooks. With most of the story omitted, how did the bit that made it in get there? The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 explores why we remember certain suffragists and have forgotten others. Historian Lisa Tetrault points out how personal vendettas, racial dynamics and other factors affected the story we tell about the suffrage movement and examines just how much of the story we did learn was true and how much was a myth.

***We think everyone should read the Ask a Suffragist book series, but the first book in the series, America’s First Feminists, will not be available in bookstores until Spring 2019.  In the meantime, we’re sharing recommendations of our other favorite memoirs, biographies, history books and fiction by or about suffragists to get you in the mood for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. Happy reading!

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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The Myth of Seneca Falls