From Seneca Falls, to Selma, to Stonewall: The Rhetoric of President Obama’s Inaugural Address

Watching President Obama get sworn in for his second term, I was struck by one particular phrase: “From Seneca Falls, to Selma, to Stonewall.”  The literature person in me loves the alliteration; the historian, the immediate images those three places bring to mind: the bravery and determination of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and later, the Suffragettes;…

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