A Companion to American Women's History / Edition 1

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Overview

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 that provide a diversity of scholarly interpretations of American women's history. Each contributor thoroughly synopsizes germane works while incorporating issues such as race, class, and religion. Highly recommended as an introductory examination of American women's history." Choice

“It is impossible to overstate the value of Nancy Hewitt’s Companion to American Women’s History. It guides us, with tremendous authority, into the vast world of American women’s history, as it has developed and as it stands at the beginning of the 21st century. But it is also a powerful intervention. Cutting across conventional categories and divisions, it recasts the field, raising provocative new questions, suggesting new approaches, and opening fresh paths to the future. I can’t imagine teaching or writing women’s history in the future without this Companion by my side.” Jacquelyn Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The original essays in this volume, based on broad-ranging historiography, will be useful and provocative to both 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

About the Contributors
Introduction
Pt. I The Colonial Era, 1600-1760 1
1 The Imperial Gaze: Native American, African American, and Colonial Women in European Eyes 3
2 Slavery and the Slave Trade 20
3 Contact and Conquest in Colonial North America 35
4 Building Colonies, Defining Families 49
5 Sinners and Saints: Women and Religion in Colonial America 66
Pt. II The Creation of a New Nation, 1760-1880 81
6 A Revolution for Whom? Women in the Era of the American Revolution 83
7 Gender and Class Formations in the Antebellum North 100
8 Religion, Reform, and Radicalism in the Antebellum Era 117
9 Conflicts and Cultures in the West 132
10 Rural Women 150
11 The Civil War Era 167
12 Marriage, Property, and Class 193
13 Health, Sciences, and Sexualities in Victorian America 206
Pt. III Modern America, 1880-1990 225
14 Education and the Professions 227
15 Wage-earning Women 250
16 Consumer Cultures 274
17 Urban Spaces and Popular Cultures, 1890-1930 295
18 Women on the Move: Migration and Immigration 312
19 Women's Movements, 1880s-1920s 328
20 Medicine, Law, and the State: The History of Reproduction 348
21 The Great Depression and World War II 366
22 Rewriting Postwar Women's History, 1945-1960 382
23 Civil Rights and Black Liberation 397
24 Second-wave Feminism 414
Bibliography: Selected Secondary Sources 433
Index 481
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