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The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present (Modern Library Chronicles)

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Stansell largely blames the breaks in the long narrative of women's struggle for equality in America on "historical amnesia" that erased a sense that "the past was backing them up" and left each generation to forge new approaches without a record of prior feminist thought and action. Stansell's comprehensive history tracks major and minor moments that highlight promise bot ...more
Hardcover, 503 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Modern Library (first published January 1st 2010)
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Susan
Dec 14, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
The Feminist Promise is a chronological history of feminist movement, from Mary Wollstonecraft to the present. It is primarily from a United States slant but does cover global feminism occasionally throughout the book, and the final chapter is about global feminism.

I grew up fascinated by the nineteenth century from a primarily aesthetic slant—particularly literature, costume, architecture and interior decorating—rather than from a philosophical or political slant. For me, this history book isn’
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Alena
Thourough study of mainly the American women's movements. The title lead me to believe it would be more international, but to be honest, I picked it up after I had seen the Suffragette movie and it showed up in my friends feed here and didn't really check it further. It sounded good.

I wish the chapters overall had been shorter and better structured to be able to sort of use it as a reference, but I guess it's not much of a problem since ebooks can be searched.

So now I still need to find a book s
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Karen
Aug 30, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
If you want to study more about the women's movement in America and discover most everything that was left out of our traditional history books - this is a must read. Not only will you get the history, but also the psychology of what they were thinking, the tactics used by the polititions and lobbyists that held them back, and what it took to convince other women to come on board. Buy this for your daughters!
Carol
May 03, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Am loving this, but still not convinced that ignoring the 20s-40s is a good idea--
Lisa Beth
Nov 05, 2014 Lisa Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
Was well written, and a lot of research went in to it. I really enjoyed it.
Julie
Jan 17, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
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Dense.
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