The Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

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The experience of women in the nineteenth century has generated a wealth of interdisciplinary research in recent decades. The Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century presents the best of the recent scholarship available in a concise, "one-stop" resource, providing students of women's history and nineteenth-century American culture with an authoritative source of information and interpretation.

The authors emphasize areas in which scholars have identified important changes (such as suffrage and reform), topics in which researchers are now making great strides (such as racial, ethnic, religious, and regional diversity), and innovative and relatively recent explorations (for example, work on female sexuality). Accessible overview articles and alphabetical encyclopedia-like entries are combined in a comprehensive, easy-to-use volume.

Part 1 contains a historiographical essay followed by a ten-chapter narrative overview. These chapters include discussions of families and households, labor and the workforce, religion and morality, feminism and equal rights, reform and voluntarism, and more.

Part 2 is an A-to-Z listing of concise entries on key terms, notable figures, political movements, social and religious organizations, and legislation.

Part 3 is an annotated chronology placing events in historical context.

Part 4 is a topically organized selection of the best resources for further research, including general historical works, biographies and autobiographies, journals, archives, web sites, novels, and films.

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Editorial Reviews

[The authors] begin with a historiographical overview of the literature followed by highly readable chapters on topics from economy, households, and labor to suffrage and reform politics... provides an excellent introduction to the subject.
Times Literary Supplement
The volume moves sensibly from addressing the needs of beginners to those of specialists, all of whom should find this guide helpful and satisfying.
Time Magazines Literary Supplement
The volume moves sensibly from addressing the needs of beginners to those of specialists, all of whom should find this guide helpful and satisfying.
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Meet the Author

Catherine Clinton is an American historian and the author of many books, including Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War and Half-Sisters of History: Southern Women and the American Past. She is a contributor to The New Yorker.Christine Lunardini is a freelance writer who holds a Ph.D. in American History from Princeton. Her books include What Every American Should Know About Women's History: 200 Events That Shaped Our Destiny.

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Table of Contents

One: Narrative Overview; Historical EssayOne: Post-Revolutionary AmericaTwo: The Economy, Households, and LaborThree: EducationFour: The Church and the LawFive: Natives and ImmigrantsSix: The Civil War and ReconstructionSeven: Culture and CommerceEight: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Gender RolesNine: Suffrage and Reform PoliticsTen: Epilogue: The Turn of the CenturyNotesTwo: American Women in the Nineteenth Century A to ZThree: Concise ChronologyFour: ResourcesIntroductionSection I. TopicsSection II. Bibliographies and Reference WorksSection III. General Historical Works and OverviewsSection IV. Biographies, Autobiographies, Primary SourcesSection V. Journals, Archives, ProjectsSection VI. Electronic ResourcesSection VII. Novels and Films

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