Harper, Historiography, and the Race/Gender Opposition in Feminism

  title={Harper, Historiography, and the Race/Gender Opposition in Feminism},
  author={Jen McDaneld},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={393 - 415}
  • Jen McDaneld
  • Published 1 January 2015
  • Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Why is Frances Ellen Watkins Harper not a legendary figure within American feminism in the same way that Sojourner Truth is? This essay suggests that the difference in feminist standing between these two nineteenth-century activists can be traced to the historiographical construction of a particular moment within suffrage history: the 1869 “split” within the movement, in which suffragists disagreed about whether to support or denounce the Fifteenth Amendment and the enfranchisement of black men… 
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