Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived as a mother, a housewife, full of resentment at her condition. She declared: “A woman is a nobody. A wife is everything.”
Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad
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February 3, 2016 | It is possible, reading standard histories, to forget half the population of the country. The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants men, the political leaders men, the military figures men. The very invisibility of women, the overlooking of women, is a sign of their submerged status.
In this invisibility they were something like black slaves (and thus slave women faced a double oppression). The biological uniqueness of women, like skin color and facial characteristics for Negroes, became a basis for treating them as inferiors. True, with women, there was something more practically important in their biology than skin color-their position as childbearers-but this was not enough to account for the general push backward for all of them in society, even those who did not bear children, or those too young or too old for that. It seems that their physical characteristics became a convenience for men, who could use, exploit, and cherish someone who was at the same time servant, sex mate, companion, and bearer-teacher-warden of his children.
Howard Zinn was one of America’s most distinguished (and valuable) historians. Writing history with an eye to defuse the myths favoring the privileged orders since the nation’s beginnings, his history is an eye-opener for anyone wishing to learn the truth about the United States, especially in an age of deliberate falsification.
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