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Which woman do you think has had the most influence on American history?


8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Probably either Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks or Emma Goldman. Pretty self explanatory if you know who they are.

  • 1 decade ago

    I would nominate a lesser recognized first lady. Dolly Madison. The unifying influence that she had at the time allowed the president to pull the country from the brink of falling to the British thus actually making sure we had an American history. Of course there are many other women who are over looked by the populous in general some fine examples have been listed by some of the other posters. Some very likely ones not listed, Sacajawea, Carry Nation, Harriet Tubman, the woman at the center of Roe v Wade. The list could go on for ever because each has a very legitimate reason to be considered.

  • Jas B
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Harriet Beecher Stowe for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, it focused public interest on the issue of slavery, and was deeply controversial. In writing the book, Stowe drew on her personal experience: she was familiar with slavery, the antislavery movement, and the underground railroad because Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio, where Stowe had lived, was a slave state.

    First printed as a serial in The National Era, an abolitionist paper, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was later printed as a book in 1852. On the first day, 3,000 copies of the book were sold, within a few days ten thousand copies were gone, by the first of April, the book was in its second edition by April 1, and eight presses running day and night were barely able to keep pace with the demand for it. By the end of the 1852, 300,000 copies had been sold in the US alone.

    At first, the pro-slavery forces ignored the book. Some southerners even felt that the work was a defense of slavery. But when it became apparent that the work was having a profound effect on the American public opinion, pro-slavery forces unmercifully attacked Stowe and her work. In defense, Harriet wrote A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853) extensively documenting the realities on which the book was based and published a second anti-slavery novel, Dred in 1856.

    Following publication of the book, she became a celebrity, speaking against slavery both in America and Europe. When she visited President Lincoln, it is claimed that he greeted her as "the little lady who made this big war": the war between the states.

  • 1 decade ago

    Eleanor Roosevelt

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1) George Washington's mother.

    2) Abraham Lincoln's mother.

    3) Martin Luther King's mother.

    Edit: And I hope that people realize that I am partially jesting? But only partially. The above moms undoubtedly had a major impact on history.

    Source(s): me.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Rosa Parks.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lady Gaga. Here's why Time magazine thinks so:

  • 1 decade ago

    Lady Gaga... she's making being untalented, ugly, and gay the in-thing again.

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