American Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920

American Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920

by Dorothy J. Schneider, Carl J. Schneider
     
 

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The period known as the Progressive Era, from 1900 to 1920, was one of radical change in America, particularly for women. The era saw the start and resolution of "the war to end war," the height of the temperance movement, and the heyday of muckraking journalism, and it culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote. American… See more details below

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The period known as the Progressive Era, from 1900 to 1920, was one of radical change in America, particularly for women. The era saw the start and resolution of "the war to end war," the height of the temperance movement, and the heyday of muckraking journalism, and it culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote. American Women in the Progressive Era ties together all of the movements, moods, and milestones of this exciting period of change in America. It explores the role of American women in World War I, the labor movement, and the struggle to win the vote, and it describes how women of all ethnic and social backgrounds were affected by their changing roles in these and other areas. To read the story of American women in the first two decades of the 20th century is to explore a period of change, as massive immigration, industrialization, and urbanization transformed the country. It is to learn of women coping with the changes so created, and of women themselves changing, moving more and more from the private to the public sphere. New labor-saving household devices freed women for paid or volunteer work outside their homes, and they began to see their responsibility to make not only their homes but also their communities, their states, even their nation fit places in which to live and raise children. In the process, millions of them discovered how much they needed and wanted the vote. This book describes in words and in pictures what was happening in the domestic lives of ordinary women, in their working lives (in and out of their homes), and in the ways they were expanding their roles, during a period bright with hope for a brave new world and distinguished by cross-class cooperation among women all over the nation. Readers will enjoy this thoroughly researched, lively book on women and their startling range of activities in the Progressive Era. American Women in the Progressive Era incorporates the words and expe

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An examination of the political movements, social climate and historical changes experienced by women living in the first two decades of the 20th century. (Feb.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Using evidence collected from published sources and some primary sources in the form of diaries and magazine and journal articles from the early 20th century, the Schneiders ( Sound Off! American Military Women Speak Out , Dutton, 1988, and Into the Breach: American Women Overseas in World War I , Viking, 1991) have produced a well-written survey of women in the Progressive era. At the beginning of this century, women participated in society's reform through changes in the definitions of housekeeping, family raising, and employment on the farm and in the factory. Through clubs, women learned organizational skills, which they applied to the reform movements in labor, suffrage, peace activism, war support, sexual protection, health and hygiene, and civil liberties. African Americans faced greater challenges in most of these areas. This work chronicles the lives of common women in the context of their public and private activities. Lynn's work, in contrast, employs a more traditional scholarly method. Taking up where the Schneiders leave off, in the post-World War I era, it examines the YWCA and the AFSC (Quakers/Society of Friends) as progressive organs. It discusses the reasons women were drawn to activism in the interwar period and the nature of their activism. It argues that the activities of many of these women laid the groundwork for 1960s feminism. Her book is based, in part, on oral interviews with women activists. Unlike the Schneiders' book, it requires a more sophisticated reader who possesses working definitions of such terms as ``Christian Left'' and ``Secular Left.'' Both books are highly recommended for scholars and lay readers alike. Together they complete a picture of Progressive women begun in Lori Ginzberg's Women and the Work of Benevolence (Yale, 1990) and Noralee Frankel and Nancy S. Dye's Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era (Univ. Pr. of Kentucky, 1991).-- Jenny Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-- The story of women's continuous struggle for equality during the early 20th century is presented in this well-researched book that offers copious statistics as documentation. Primary sources, diaries, letters, magazines, and photographs bring the era to life. A concise, crisp type on heavy paper makes the book easy to read. The detailed index is divided into subject subdivisions, and the bibliography is extensive. Source notes appear at the end of each chapter.
Booknews
A social history drawn from primary sources, describing the domestic lives of ordinary women, as well as their working lives both in and out of the home, during a period of massive immigration, industrialization, and urbanization that culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote. Includes 60 b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385472838
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
1st Anchor Books ed
Pages:
288

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