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  •  Perhaps Obama meant it as a teachable moment (7+ / 0-)

    Or he meant it more to be a memorable line in his speech for history to look back on.

    I'm afraid he'd be surprised at how many people wouldn't have known any of the references he was making.

    The Seneca Falls reference, to me, is the most obscure, because it's a small upstate New York town most people have never heard of, and the women's suffrage events there were over 100 years ago.

    Anyone who was at least elementary school age or older in the 60s---granted, a diminishing percentage of the population---would know Selma. Hard to miss on t.v. every night.

    Stonewall, one would think, may have been raised in the public consciousness in the last few years, what with marriage equality movements, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the movie Milk. But when Stonewall happened---nobody knew about it, at least not people outside New York City.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:12:23 PM PST

    •  The reason I knew the Seneca Falls reference (4+ / 0-)

      is that my parents got me a copy of the 1848 declaration, which I had hung in my room.  Even at 9 I was one determined feminist, and good on them for recognizing that I'd want some history to go with it.

      And I lived through the other two, although I was a little young to remember Selma when it happened, and I don't think I recognized what Stonewall would lead to.

      The big newsbomb for my contemporaries was where we were when we heard John Lennon was killed.

      •  Seneca Falls (3+ / 0-)
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        I entered university in the fall of 1968. Because of the second wave, history of  women's equality was important.  So, there were important points made about Seneca Falls and the women's suffrage.

        If you have been following the PBS series on the Abolitionists, the women who became active in ending slavery were those that began the movement for women's equality, too.  

        The connection between civil rights for people of color and women's rights has always been very strong in American history.

        Of course, when you realize that women have equal rights to men, then you have to think why anyone's sexuality is a barrier to being treated equal.   That realization is part of the power behind Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall.

        [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

        by MoDem on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:05:53 PM PST

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