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An encyclopedia of American women's history, this comprehensive reference book features in-depth articles on trends (e.g. birthrates, suburban growth), social movements (civil rights, feminism), ideas and concepts (domesticity, consciousness-raising), institutions (Children's Bureau, women in Congress), organizations (Girl Scouts of America, League of Women Voters), events (American Revolution), issues (abortion, Equal Rights Amendment), key legal cases (Roe v Wade, Muller v Oregon), laws and constitutional amendments, documents and publications (Ramona, Declaration of Sentiments), ethnic and social groups (African American women, Latinas), overviews (women's health, women in music and literature), and biographies of notable American women. This Companion is a perfect supplement to The Young Oxford History of Women in the United States.

Oxford's Student Companions to American History are state-of-the-art references for school and home, specifically designed and written for ages 12 through adult. Each book is a concise but comprehensive A-to-Z guide to a major historical period or theme in U.S. history, with articles on key issues and prominent individuals. The authors—distinguished scholars well-known in their areas of expertise—ensure that the entries are accurate, up-to-date, and accessible. Special features include an introductory section on how to use the book, further reading lists, cross-references, chronology, and full index.

Alphabetical articles on major events, documents, persons, social movements, and political and social concepts connected with the history of women in America.

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"This broad, alphabetically arranged guide covers social movements, organizations, key legal cases, trends, events, and people. The clearly written articles range from a few paragraphs to two pages.... Biographical sketches provide important dates and discuss the individuals' significance.... Useful to answer quick reference questions and as a starting point for research papers."—School Library Journal

"A must-purchase addition for any middle or high school library....State-of-the-art....Librarians, be sure to let your history teachers see this book!"—Library Materials Guide

"A significant contribution to the field of women's history in the United States....An interesting book to browse, it contains tidbits of information on many topics not often found in a single source."—Reference Review

"Contains highly readable biographies on women from many backgrounds....[An] excellent index....The entries are easy to read."—Feminist Collections

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This reference book is a fabulous resource for young people interested in learning about women's issues and how larger movements in American history impacted women's lives. This single volume contains individual portraits of important women, from Willa Cather to Janis Joplin. Each biographical essay begins with an outline of salient facts and then details the person's significance to her profession or society during her lifetime. Often, the author makes connections between the success of one individual and the opportunities it afforded future generations. In addition to these portraits, the author has included a large number of entries on important laws such as Roe v. Wade, public interest groups such as the National Women's Party, larger concepts such as marriage and literacy, and national events such as the Civil War. Again, the author's focus at these times is to explicate the role women played in these events or the impact the events had on women's lives. Each essay, usually about one page long and often accompanied by useful photographs and illustrations, is skillfully written and easy to comprehend. The author's suggestions for further reading at the end of each essay add to the value of this text as a research tool. 2000, Oxford University Press, Ages 12 up, $40.00. Reviewer: Michele Gable—Children's Literature
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This book represents a significant contribution to the field of women's history in the United States by making a vast amount of current information easily accessible to students. A wide range of woman-related topics contain succinct explanations of often complex concepts. Coverage of controversial topics such as abortion, birth control, the right-to-life movement, and reproductive rights is thorough and without apparent bias. The alphabetical arrangement, index, and numerous cross-references facilitate ease of use. Titles of books for further reading appear at the end of each entry. Included are notable women in many fields, historical events, groups and organizations, and professions. Rachel Carson, Sally Ride, and Margaret Mead are some of the names profiled in science; Georgia O'Keefe and Mary Cassatt are among those mentioned in the field of art. Maxine Hong Kingston, Patsy Takemoto Mink, and Amy Tan represent notable Asian American women; Latinas include Joan Baez and Luisa Moreno; and African Americans include Mary McLeod Bethune, Phillis Wheatley, and Maya Angelou. A time line of relevant dates in U.S. history begins with the birth of Virginia Dare in 1587 and includes significant events concluding with the appointment of Madeleine Albright as Secretary of State. Early dates center around the pilgrims, ignoring Spanish settlements of the South and Southwest. There is also an appendix containing a listing of museums and historical sites, a bibliography of books, and a list of general and subject-specific Web sites with annotations. Matthews has obviously tried to include minority women. Some omissions are understandable because historical information on minority women is scarce.Black-and-white illustrations add interest, although some lack clarity. An interesting book to browse, it contains tidbits of information on many topics not often found in a single source. Most students will use it for reference, a purpose for which it will serve admirably. 2000, Oxford University Press, 368p, Index, Photos, Biblio., Further Reading, Chronology, Appendix, PLB. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Sherry York VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113174
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Student Companions to American History Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Also by Glenna Matthews: Just a Housewife: The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America (OUP, 1987) The Rise of Public Woman (OUP, 1992) Running as a Woman; Gender and Power in American Politics (Free Press, 1993)

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