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The rhetoric of memorials

This picture illustrate the concept of memorial rhetoric in Hess reading, and how people attribute meaning to a place, in this case a house, to remind a person and a social cause. This was the house of Susan B. Anthony. She fought for women’s rights to participate in suffrage. The house was a refuge for many women who followed the ideal of Susan and its importance lies in keeping alive the memory of this woman and her efforts for equal rights. Also the physical space is important, because according to the guide, “important events happened here”: long meetings of feminist movements, and also the arrest of this woman for going to exert her right to vote in the 1872 presidential election.


I'm from the Dominican Republic and did my BA in Communications. I like creative writing, blogging, reading poetry and playing guitar in my spare time. Also I like to spent time volunteering and promoting social causes. I love to travel and Im fascinated about anthropology and anything that has to do with people's behavior. I am currently studying the MS in Communication and Media Technologies and hope to be done in summer of next year.



I think the physical space that this memorial is located on is important because it is apart of history. This is where Susan B Anthony lived, and if the house had been moved, or relocated it would not have as much historical meaning behind it. The location itself helps to bring back memories and also educates people about it’s history.


I also chose to write about a memorial of Susan B. Anthony, which was located in the small park next to her house. I didn’t realize that the statue I had chosen was right next to her house. It would be easy for many people to drive by this area not knowing this house belonged to Susan B. Anthony. In a way, I think this emphasizes the serenity of the memorial.


I definitely think Susan B Anthony’s house is a great capture of memorial rhetoric. The house stands as a great reminder.


I didn’t know about Susan B. Anthony and I found the following information very interesting. “After teaching for fifteen years, she became active in temperance. Because she was a woman, she was not allowed to speak at temperance rallies. This experience, and her acquaintance with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, led her to join the women’s rights movement in 1852. Soon after, she dedicated her life to woman suffrage”. (

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