This is the first and only documentary history of gender in the US. The documents, both written and visual, illustrate the variety of ways that Americans defined manhood and womanhood at any one time (since 1865) and the ways those definitions have changed over time. The book demonstrates the interconnections between the histories of gender and sexuality, and it introduces students to the use of primary sources in history.
Chapter 1: Introduction: What is Gender?Part A: The Beginning of the End of Victorianism. 1865-1900 Chapter 2: Reconstructing Gender He Dropped His Pantaloons, George Cooper and Henry Tucker Then They Seized Me, Roda Ann Childs Am I a Man?, Henry MacNeal Turner They Were Accused of Cohabiting Together, Joint Select Committee, U.S. Congress An Open, Deliberate Insult to the Women of the Nation, Elizabeth Cady Stranton These Women Have Always Been Used to Working Out, M.C. Fulton Shall Suffer the Penalty, I AM Committee We Desire to Live Comfortably, Washerwomen of the South The Virgin Whiteness Of Our Georgia, Elizabeth Elliott Lumpkin Of a Youth Who Loves Me, Walt Whitman, Chapter 3: Gender Industrialized The Children and Women Will Not Be Sent Out to Earn Their Living, John Stafford Manhood Gives Title to Rights, Samuel Gompers and Herman Gutstadt We Have It in Our Power, Clare de Graffenreid He Allows Himself to 'Have Fun' with the Working Girls, A Shopgirl (and more...)