A Companion to American Women's History / Edition 1

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This collection of twenty-four original essays by leading scholars in American women's history highlights the most recent important scholarship on the key debates and future directions of this popular and contemporary field.

  • Covers the breadth of American Women's history, including the colonial family, marriage, health, sexuality, education, immigration, work, consumer culture, and feminism.
  • Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic.
  • Includes expanded bibliography of titles to guide further research.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Hewitt has collected introductory yet well rounded essays thatprovide a diversity of scholarly interpretations of Americanwomen's history. Each contributor thoroughly synopsizes germaneworks while incorporating issues such as race, class, and religion.Highly recommended as an introductory examination of Americanwomen's history." Choice

“It is impossible to overstate the value of NancyHewitt’s Companion to American Women’s History. Itguides us, with tremendous authority, into the vast world ofAmerican women’s history, as it has developed and as itstands at the beginning of the 21st century. But it is also apowerful intervention. Cutting across conventional categories anddivisions, it recasts the field, raising provocative new questions,suggesting new approaches, and opening fresh paths to the future. Ican’t imagine teaching or writing women’s history inthe future without this Companion by my side.” JacquelynHall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The original essays in this volume, based onbroad-ranging historiography, will be useful and provocative toboth the beginning student and the seasoned scholar.”Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University

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Meet the Author

Nancy A. Hewitt is Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Women's Activism and Social Change (1984) and Southern Discomfort: Women’s Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s-1920s (2001), Women's Activism and Social Change (2001), the editor of Women, Families, and Communities (1990), and co-editor of Visible Women: New Essays on American Activism (1993), and Talking Gender: Public Images, Personal Journeys, and Political Critiques (1996).

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Table of Contents


Part One: The Colonial Era, 1600-1760.

1 Imperial Gaze: Native American, African American, and ColonialWomen in European Eyes: Kirsten Fischer (University ofMinnesota).

2 Slavery and the Slave Trade: Jennifer L. Morgan(Rutgers University).

3 Contact and Conquest in the Americas: Gwenn A. Miller(Duke University).

4 Building Colonies, Defining Families: Ann M. Little(Colorado State University).

5 Sinners and Saints: Women and Religion in Colonial America:Susan Juster (University of Michigan).

Part Two: The Creation of a New Nation, 1760-1880.

6 A Revolution for Whom?: Jan E. Lewis (RutgersUniversity).

7 Gender and Class Formations in the Antebellum North:Catherine Kelly (University of Oklahoma).

8 Religion, Reform, and Radicalism: Nancy A. Hewitt(Rutgers University).

9 Conflicts and Cultures in the West: Lisbeth Haas(University of California at Santa Cruz).

10 Rural America: Marli Weiner (University of Maine,Orono).

11 The Civil War Era: Thavolia Glymph (DukeUniversity).

12 Marriage, Property and the Ideals of Class: Amy DruStanley (University of Chicago).

13 Health, Science and Sexualities: Louise Michele Newman(University of Florida).

Part Three: Modern America, 1880-1990.

14 Education and the Professions, 1880-1990: Lynn Gordon(University of Rochester).

15 Wage-earning Women, 1900-1990: Annelise Orleck(Dartmouth College).

16 Consumer Cultures, 1880-1990: Susan Porter Benson(University of Connecticut).

17 Urban Spaces and Popular Cultures, 1890-1930: NanEnstad (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

18 Women on the Move: Migration and Immigration: ArdisCameron (University of Southern Maine).

19 Women's Movements, 1880s-1920s: Kirsten Delegard (DukeUniversity).

20 Medicine, Law, and the State: Leslie J. Reagan(University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

21 The Great Depression and World War II: Karen Anderson(University of Arizona) 22 Rewriting Postwar Women’sHistory, 1945-1960: Joanne Meyerowitz (Yale University).

23 Civil Rights, and Black Liberation: Steven F. Lawson(Rutgers University, New Brunswick).

24 Second Wave Feminism: Rosalyn Baxandall (StateUniversity of New York at Old Westbury) and Linda Gordon (New YorkUniversity).

Bibliography, Compiled by April DeStefano(ClaremontMcKennaCollege)

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