Desiring Citizenship: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Wells/Willard Controversy

@article{Parker2008DesiringCA,
  title={Desiring Citizenship: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Wells/Willard Controversy},
  author={Maegan Parker},
  journal={Women's Studies in Communication},
  year={2008},
  volume={31},
  pages={56 - 78}
}
  • Maegan Parker
  • Published 22 March 2008
  • History
  • Women's Studies in Communication
The debate between Frances E. Willard (1839–1898) and Ida B. Wells (1862–1931) concerning the horrors of lynching in the 1890s was also, and I argue fundamentally, about the expansion of citizenship. A rhetorical analysis of this public argument, which spanned nearly a decade and took place before national and international audiences, offers a glimpse into how sexual desire, race, and gender functioned as mutually constitutive categories of identity in turn-of-the-century struggles for suffrage… 
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