Fighting for Recovery: foremothers and feminism in the 1970s

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This article argues that the feminist recovery of ‘a history of our own’ during the 1970s proved difficult in ways not fully addressed in generalising narratives (celebratory or regretful) of feminist historical work. The recovery of a nineteenth-century ‘pioneer woman', Mary Hallock Foote, demonstrates the competing interests in play—feminist and anti-feminist, popular and scholarly, public and familial, national and local—as well as the problematic positions of that these cross-cutting debates. The question of recovery, use and even ownership, of Foote and her history retains its ability to spark argument almost fifty years later.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-846
Issue number5
Early online date11 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2016


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