Encyclopedia of Women in American History

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This illustrated encyclopedia examines the unique influence and contributions of women in every era of American history, from the colonial period to the present. It not only covers the issues that have had an impact on women, but also traces the influence of women's achievements on society as a whole. Divided into three chronologically arranged volumes, the set includes historical surveys and thematic essays on central issues and political changes affecting women's lives during each period. These are followed by ...

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Overview

This illustrated encyclopedia examines the unique influence and contributions of women in every era of American history, from the colonial period to the present. It not only covers the issues that have had an impact on women, but also traces the influence of women's achievements on society as a whole. Divided into three chronologically arranged volumes, the set includes historical surveys and thematic essays on central issues and political changes affecting women's lives during each period. These are followed by A-Z entries on significant events and social movements, laws, court cases and more, as well as profiles of notable American women from all walks of life and all fields of endeavor. Primary sources and original documents are included throughout.

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Gr 5-9-Even collections well endowed enough to include Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer's monumental Women in World History (Gale, 2000) will be strengthened by this wide-ranging, if oddly organized, resource. This work contains several hundred alphabetically arranged topical and biographical articles in each volume, sandwiched between an opening section of broader essays and a closing one of landmark documents or extracts from literary works. Though the illustrations are muddy and in black and white, the double-columned text gives the pages an invitingly open look, enhanced by boxed insets that highlight pioneers or significant firsts. Each volume is devoted to a segment of this country's history, from 1585 to the present, and aside from a comprehensive set index in volume three, is an independent work. There is some subject overlap-three similar but independently written articles on "Abortion," for instance, and few inter-volume cross-references. Even within volumes, the see references are hit or miss; "Algonquian Household Economy" ends with a lead to "Iroquois Household Economy," but not vice-versa, and neither refers to similar articles for the Pawnee, Cherokee, or Chocktaw. Nonetheless, this set is chock-full of information that is hard to find elsewhere. Students researching topics as diverse as changing gender images or the WNBA; people as renowned as Pocahontas, or as little known as her royal relative Cockacoeske; or the role of women in any aspect of the U.S.'s social, political, and cultural history will find it invaluable.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765680389
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 800

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