An Introduction to the Philosophy of History by W. H. Walsh

By W. H. Walsh

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67 So she directed National Association representatives (Parker Pillsbury, Josephine S. 68 The three insisted that any new organization must support a Sixteenth Amendment. In response, representatives from the American Association (Stone, Higginson, and George William Curtis), who claimed to be “volunteers” rather than official representatives, which would have implied an endorsement of the meeting, withdrew. Their withdrawal made the American Association, rather than the National, now appear to be the roadblock to unity.

They soon staged celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment, too. White supremacists organized lynch mobs to suppress both types of events, and both types of memories. They countered not just with violent repression, but with commemorative celebrations of their own. They erected countless public monuments, large and small, to celebrate the titans of the recent war and to cast Confederate officers into stony immortality. Each monument, and each dedication, argued for white men’s heroism.

37 A lengthy debate about barring male membership lost when put to a vote, while the National Association made the Revolution its official organ. 38 Stanton and Anthony took an explicit stance against ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment. They ran editorials in the Revolution against it. 39 Many of their AERA colleagues—who had spent their lives in the abolitionist movement and who feared for the lives of African Americans being brutally terrorized and murdered in the South—found this opposition odious.

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