Womens America: Refocusing the Past

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byLinda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron De Hart, Cornelia Hughes Dayton

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Featuring a mix of primary source documents, articles, and illustrations, Women's America: Refocusing the Past has long been an invaluable resource. Now in its eighth edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent developments in U.S. women's history.

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Featuring a mix of primary source documents, articles, and illustrations, Women's America: Refocusing the Past has long been an invaluable resource. Now in its eighth edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent developments in U.S. women's history.

Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History, Emerita at the University of Iowa. Jane Sherron De Hart is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Cornelia Hughes Dayton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:848 pages, 9.88 × 6.89 × 1.5 inPublished:February 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Gender and the New Women's HistoryPart I. Early America, 1600-1820Gender FrontiersKathleen M. Brown: The Anglo-Indian Gender FrontierJennifer L. Morgan: "Some Could Suckle Over their Shoulder:" European Depictions of Indigenous Women, 1492-1750European Settlers: Gender Puzzles, Gender RulesMary Beth Norton: "Searchers again Assembled:" Gender Distinctions in Seventeenth-Century AmericaLaurel Thatcher Ulrich: The Ways of Her HouseholdCarol F. Karlsen: The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: The Economic Basis of WitchcraftAnn Little: Captivity and Conversion: Daughters of New England in CanadaCornelia Hughes Dayton: Taking the Trade: Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England VillageDOCUMENTSThe Trial of Anne Hutchinson, 1637European Women and the Law: Examples from Colonial ConnecticutHidden Transcripts within SlaveryJudith Carney: The African Women Who Preceded Uncle Ben: Black Rice in CarolinaAnnette Gordon-Reed: The Hemings-Jefferson Treaty: Paris, 1789DOCUMENTSVirginia Establishes a Double Standard in Tax Law"According to the condition of the mother . . .""For the prevention of that abominable mixture . . ."A Massachusetts Minister's Slave Marriage VowsLiving Through War and RevolutionLinda K. Kerber: Why Diamonds Really are a Girl's Best Friend: The Republican Mother and the Woman CitizenDOCUMENTSPhiladelphia Women Raise Money Door to DoorSarah Osborn, "The bullets would not cheat the gallows . . ."Rachel Wells, "I have Don as much to Carrey on the War as maney . . ."Grace Galloway: LoyalistFurther ReadingPart II. America's Many Frontiers, 1820-1880Workplace and Household ScenesJeanne Boydston: The Pastoralization of HouseworkStephanie Jones-Rogers: Mistresses in the MakingThavolia Glymph: Women in Slavery: The Gender of ViolenceDOCUMENTSEliza R. Hemmingway and Sarah Bagley: Testimony on Working Conditions in Early Factories, 1845Maria Perkins writes to her husband on the eve of being sold, 1854Between Nations and On the BordersLucy Eldersveld Murphy: Public Mothers: Creole Mediators in the Northern BorderlandsMaureen Fitzgerald: Habits of Compassion: Irish-American Nuns in New YorkIntimacy and Disciplining BodiesSharon Block: Lines of Color, Sex, and Service: Sexual Coercion in the Early RepublicCarroll Smith-Rosenberg: The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century AmericaJames C. Mohr: Abortion in AmericaDOCUMENTThe Comstock LawReforming SocietySusan Zaeske: Signatures of Citizenship: Debating Women's Anti-slavery PetitionsGerda Lerner: The Meaning of Seneca Falls, 1848-1998Rose Stremlau: "I Know What an Indian Woman Can Do": Sarah Winnemucca Writes About Rape on the Northern Paiute FrontierDOCUMENTSThe Grimke Sisters, Sarah and Angelina, Talk Truth to PowerKeziah Kendall protests covertureEllen F. Watkins goes on the lecture circuitThe Declaration of Sentiments, 1848Married Women's Property Acts, New York State,1848 and 1860Sojourner Truth's visiting card, 1864Photo Essay: Women in PublicCivil War and AftermathStephanie McCurry: Women Numerous and Armed: Politics and Policy on the Confederate Home FrontTera Hunter: Reconstruction and the Meanings of FreedomDOCUMENTSA.S. Hitchcock: "Young women particularly flock back and forth . . ."Roda Ann Childs: "I was more dead than alive"Reconstruction AmendmentsWin Some, Lose Some: Women in CourtThe Women's Centennial Agenda, 1876Further ReadingPart III: Modern America Emerges, 1880-1920Gender and the Jim Crow SouthGlenda Gilmore: Forging Interracial Links in the Jim Crow SouthKim Nielsen: The Southern Identity of Helen KellerDOCUMENTSIda B.Wells: Southern Horrors (with an introduction by Patricia A. Schechter)Mary McLeod Bethune: "How the Bethune-Cookman College campus started"Women in the WestPeggy Pascoe: Ophelia Paquet, a Tillamook Indian Wife: Miscegenation Laws and the Privileges of PropertyJudy Yung: Unbound Feet: From China to San Francisco's ChinatownDOCUMENTZitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), " . . . this semblance of civilization . . ."Change AgentsKathryn Kish Sklar: Florence Kelley and Women's Activism in the Progressive EraAnnelise Orleck: From the Russian Pale to Labor Organizing in New York CityJennifer Guglielmo: Italian Immigrant Women Anarchists Produce Feminist Theory in Pre-World War I New York and New JerseyDOCUMENTSMuller v. Oregon, 1908Pauline Newman: "We fought and we bled and we died . . ."Crystal Eastman: "Now We Can Begin"Empire and InternationalismLaura Wexler: A Lady Photojournalist Goes to the 1904 St. Louis World's FairLeila Rupp: Sexuality and Politics in the Early Twentieth-Century International Women's MovementSuffrage and CitizenshipRebecca Edwards: Pioneers at the Polls: Woman Suffrage in the WestEllen Carol Dubois: The Next Generation of Suffragists: Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots PoliticsDOCUMENTSChinese Exclusion: The Page Act and Its AftermathMackenzie v. Hare, 1915Equal Suffrage (Nineteenth) Amendment, 1920Further ReadingPart IV: Storms on Many Fronts, 1920-1945Sexuality and the BodyJoan Jacobs Brumberg: Fasting Girls: The Emerging Ideal of Slenderness in American CultureVicki L. Ruiz: The Flapper and the Chaperone: Mexican American Teenagers in the SouthwestCheryl D. Hicks: Mabel Hampton in Harlem: Regulating Black Women's Sexuality in the 1920sLeslie J. Reagan: When Abortion Was a Crime: Reproduction and the Economy in the Great DepressionDOCUMENTMargaret Sanger: "I resolved that women should have knowledge of contraception . . ."Photo Essay: Adorning the BodyLabor and ActivismJacquelyn Dowd Hall: Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian SouthDevra Anne Weber: Mexican Women on Strike in 1933: The Structure of MemoryGendering the Nation-StateNancy F. Cott: Equal Rights and Economic Roles: The Conflict over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1920sAlice Kessler-Harris: Designing Women and Old Fools: Writing Gender into Social Security LawBlanche Wiesen Cook: Storms on Every Front: Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights at Home and in EuropeWomen and WarValerie Matsumoto: Japanese American Women during World War IIRuth Milkman: Gender at Work: The Sexual Division of Labor during World War IIFurther ReadingPart V. A Transforming World, 1945-2014Cold War HeteronormativityEstelle Freedman: Miriam Van Waters and the Burning of LettersSusan K. Cahn: "Mannishness," Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. women's SportsJoyce Antler: Imagining Jewish Mothers in the 1950sWomen's Cold War ActivismDaniel Horowitz: Betty Friedan and the Origins of Feminism in Cold War AmericaAmy Swerdlow: Ladies' Day at the Capitol: Women Strike for Peace versus HUACMichelle M. Nickerson: Politically Desperate Housewives in Southern CaliforniaDanielle McGuire: Sexual Violence and the Long Civil Rights MovementDOCUMENTSBetty Friedan: "The problem that has no name"Phyllis Schlafly: "The thoughts of one who loves life as a woman . . ."Rethinking Family and SexJoanne Meyerowitz: Christine Jorgensen and The Story of How Sex ChangedBeth L. Bailey: Prescribing the Pill: The Coming of the Sexual Revolution in America's HeartlandJi-Yeon Yuh: Korean Military Brides: Cooking American, Eating KoreanLisa Levenstein: Hard Choices at 1801 Vine: African American Women, Child Support, and Domestic Violence in Postwar PhiladelphiaDOCUMENTSKay Weiss: "With doctors like these for friends, who needs enemies?"Roe v. Wade, 1973; Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1992; Carhart v. Gonzales, 2007; Recent DevelopmentsRethinking Marriage: Loving v. Virginia, 1967; Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965; Defense of Marriage Act, 1996; Goodridge v. Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2003; Recent DevelopmentsGender and the Armed ForcesMargot Canaday: "Finding a Home in the Army: Before 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'"Elizabeth L. Hillman: The Female Shape of the All-Volunteer ForceDOCUMENTSGoesaert v. Cleary, 1948"We were the first American women sent to live and work in the midst of guerrilla warfare. . . ."FeminismsBaxandall and Gordon: The Women's Liberation MovementJudy Wu: The Vietnam War and Global SisterhoodDOCUMENTSThe Personal is PoliticalCarol Hanisch: A Critique of the Miss America Protest, 1968Jennie V. Chavez, Women of the Mexican American Movement, 1972Editorial Staff, Rodan, Asian Women as LeadersCombahee River Collective, The Combahee River Collective Statement, 1977DOCUMENTSGender Equality and the LawHoyt v. Florida, 1961; Taylor v. Louisiana, 1975Civil Rights Act, Title VII, 1964Equal Rights Amendment, 1972Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972Frontiero v. Richardson, 1973Susan Eisenberg: An Electrician Among the Hard-Hatted WomenMeritor Savings Bank v. Mechelle Vinson et al., 1986Violence against Women Act, 1994, 2000, 2005; 2013Borders Among UsPierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo: Domesticas Demand DignitAshraf Zahedi: Muslim-American Women After 9/11DOCUMENTSWilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis: A Chief and Her PeopleHillary Clinton: Women's Rights Are Human Rights, 1995Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

"The documentary photographic essays encourage readers to engage both visual culture and contemporary commentary, bringing women's history to life in relevant ways. Spanning the range of women's experiences across race and class, this impassioned collection is a must-have for teaching and learning women's history." --Elizabeth Stordeur Pryon, Smith College