Friday, April 07, 2006

Stumbled across: a history refresher

Interesting and fairly in-depth chronicle of first-wave feminism, and its roots in Abolitionism; and of the initial rupture between black rights advocates (especially post-Civil War) and feminists. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony don't come off so well, you know. Also sheds some light on how the Republican party went from what it was under Lincoln to what it is today; or more so, really, how the Democratic party (originally the pro-slavery party) also went under a rather dramatic sea-change. And yet, and yet.

On a second (if still cursory) glance at the site, I'm personally finding somewhat of a disconnect between the history lesson and the conclusion the website authors seem to draw from it ("individualist feminism" is the philosophy, which to me, at least from the FAQ, sounds more in line with Cady Stanton's approach than not); still, the essay at least is worth a read.

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