A Companion to American Women's History / Edition 1

A Companion to American Women's History / Edition 1

by Nancy A. Hewitt
     
 

A Companion to American Women's History contains twenty-four original essays by leading scholars on the most critical themes and topics in American women's history. Since the field began thirty years ago, there have been no historiographical surveys of American women's history commissioned for one volume until now. This collection highlights, in a series of

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A Companion to American Women's History contains twenty-four original essays by leading scholars on the most critical themes and topics in American women's history. Since the field began thirty years ago, there have been no historiographical surveys of American women's history commissioned for one volume until now. This collection highlights, in a series of critical and accessible essays, the most recent important scholarship on the key debates and future directions of this popular and contemporary field. The coverage is wide-ranging in its timeline and themes, including such topics as the colonial family, antebellum reform, the Civil War, marriage, health, sexuality, education, immigration, World War II, work, consumer culture, and feminism. Differences among women rooted in race, ethnicity, class, and region are highlighted throughout. Arranged chronologically, these essays represent the finest critical work to date on the burgeoning history of American women.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405126854
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/24/2005
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History Series, #31
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.08(d)

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).

Table of Contents

About the Contributors ix

Introduction xii

PART I THE COLONIAL ERA, 1600-1760 1

1 The Imperial Gaze: Native American, African American, and Colonial Women in European Eyes 3
Kirsten Fischer

2 Slavery and the Slave Trade 20
Jennifer L. Morgan

3 Contact and Conquest in Colonial North America 35
Gwenn A. Miller

4 Building Colonies, Defining Families 49
Ann M. Little

5 Sinners and Saints: Women and Religion in Colonial America 66
Susan Juster

PART II THE CREATION OF A NEW NATION, 1760-1880 81

6 A Revolution for Whom? Women in the Era of the American Revolution 83
Jem E. Lewis

7 Gender and Class Formations in the Antebellum North 100
Catherine Kelly

8 Religion, Reform, and Radicalism in the Antebellum Era 117
Nancy A. Hewitt

9 Conflicts and Cultures in the West 132
Lisbeth Haas

10 Rural Women 150
Marli F. Weiner

11 The Civil War Era 167
Thavolia Glymph

12 Marriage, Property, and Class 193
Amy Dru Stanley

13 Health, Sciences, and Sexualities in Victorian America 206
Louise Michele Newman

PART III MODERN AMERICA, 1880-1990 225

14 Education and the Professions 227
Lynn D. Gordon

15 Wage-earning Women 250
Annelise Orleck

16 Consumer Cultures 274
Susan Porter Benson

17 Urban Spaces and Popular Cultures, 1890-1930 295
Nan Enstad

18 Women on the Move: Migration and Immigration 312
Ardis Cameron

19 Women's Movements, 1880s-1920s 328
Kirsten Delegard

20 Medicine, Law, and the State: The History of Reproduction 348
Leslie J. Reagan

21 The Great Depression and World War II 366
Karen Anderson

22 Rewriting Postwar Women's History, 1945-1960 382
Joanne Meyerowitz

23 Civil Rights and Black Liberation 397
Steven F. Lawson

24 Second-wave Feminism 414
Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon

Bibliography: Selected Secondary Sources 433
Compiled by April de Stefano

Index 481

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