American Voices from the Women's Movement

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VOYA - Florence H. Munat
Each volume in this oAmerican Voiceso series offers an overview of an area of U.S. History—including Colonial Life, the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Depression, the Wild West, and the Cold War—focusing on "voices," or primary sources, from these times. The narratives give background information and link the documents, which include newspaper and magazine articles, diaries, letters, legal documents, and speeches. Each primary source is followed by two or three "Think About This" questions, which reinforce the documents' meanings and ramifications. A volume begins with an explanation of primary sources and suggestions for "How to Read a Primary Source." An introduction gives a summary of the topic, followed by chapters that chronologically describe the subject matter. Although each book has a different author, the narrative voices are consistent, as is format and style. In addition to a glossary, difficult words are defined in brackets. Women's Movement tracks two major "waves" of activity-the first linked to the anti-slavery movement and the second to the Civil Rights movement. Some subjects covered are the expansion of female education, temperance, dress reform, abolition, suffrage, the trial of Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger's push for birth control, the post-war Happy Homemaker Myth exploded by Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, and Phyllis Schlafly's anti-ERA campaign. The topic of feminism has accrued some negative connotations, but this treatment describes how most changes in women's status have been mainstream. The continuing wage gap indicates that the movement still has work to accomplish. Other series titles discuss the Civil War, the Reconstruction, theGreat Depression, and the Vietnam era among other subjects. These books offer overviews of topics, with the unique perspective of primary source materials. They will be useful for classroom discussions, lesson plans, and student reports.
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This interesting account of the Women's Movement in America is an excellent use of historical or "primary" sources to trace its origins and development. After an introduction on the use of primary sources and an historical overview of various political periods of activity, the story begins with the arrival of European settlers in America and the view of a woman's "place" at the time. Young readers will find it difficult to fathom women could not vote, own property, or have a voice in public matters. The book notes that Abigal Adams was one of the first women to question the constitutional rights of women, but fails to tell the reader her maiden name. The rest of the book follows the development of women's political voices as they first became involved in antislavery, the right to vote, wartime employment, sex discrimination, abortion, and other issues. Leaders of the various movements over the years are emphasized and the book's inclusion of numerous black-and-white and color period photos and illustrations are essential for young readers to grasp some meaning from it all. Throughout, the book provides questions for readers under "Think About This" headings, offering excellent points for classroom or family discussions. It is interesting reading even for those who already know the story, especially the quotes from actual participants. A useful pictorial time line, glossary, listing of resources and Web sites, and an extensive index are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761421719
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: American Voices Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


About Primary Sources     ix
Introduction: A Tidal Wave     xv
A Woman's Place     1
Abigail Adams Asks, "Remember the Ladies"     4
John Adams Defends "Our Masculine Systems"     6
Women in the Abolition Movement     10
Philadelphia Women Form an Antislavery Society     12
A "Ladies' Fair" Raises Funds for the Cause     15
A Young Volunteer Goes Door-to-Door     16
The Church Criticizes Independent Women     18
Sarah Grimke Defends Female Abolitionists     21
Crusading Ladies and the Reform Era     25
Emma Willard Calls for Education Reform     27
A Former "Mill Girl" Recalls a Strike     29
Amelia Bloomer Publishes a Temperance Newspaper     31
William Lloyd Garrison Answers the "Woman Question"     33
Birth of the Women's Movement     37
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Addresses the First Women's Rights Convention     39
The Seneca Falls Convention Issues a Declaration     42
The Rochester Convention Adopts Bold Resolutions     45
Sojourner Truth Gives a "Magical" Speech     47
The News York Herald Criticizes "Unsexed Women"     49
War and Division     52
TheFourteenth Amendment Excludes Women     55
Moderate Feminists Concentrate on Women's Suffrage     57
Radical Feminists Seek Broad Reforms     59
Susan B. Anthony Goes on Trial     61
Winning the Vote     65
Ohio Women Launch a Temperance Crusade     68
A Labor Reformer Speaks Out for Women's Suffrage     70
The Women's Movement Bows to Racism     72
Suffragists Explain Why Women Need the Ballot     74
Feminists Send Out Valentines     76
Congress Approves the Nineteenth Amendment     78
Between the Waves     80
Margaret Sanger Opens a Birth Control Clinic     83
A Real-Life "Rosie" Joins the Ranks     85
A Workingwoman Prefers Homemaking     88
The Kennedy Commission Reports on Women's Status     91
The Second Wave     95
Betty Friedan Publishes The Feminine Mystique     97
Title VII Outlaws Sex Discrimination     100
The National Organization for Women Is Founded     101
A Quiz Tests Women's "Consciousness"     103
Progress and Backlash     106
The Redstockings Manifesto Rejects Male Supremacy     109
Black Women Organize for Action      111
Congress Passes the Equal Rights Amendment     113
The Supreme Court's Decision in Roe v. Wade Legalizes Abortion     115
Phyllis Schlafly Leads an Antifeminist Backlash     117
Feminism Today and Tomorrow     121
Women See a Continuing Wage Gap     123
Girls Talk about Gender Stereotypes     125
Time Line     128
Glossary     132
To Find Out More     133
Index     136
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