I Dwell in Possibility: Women Build a Nation, 1600-1920

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Showcasing a gorgeous selection of 160 paintings, photographs, and artifacts, I Dwell in Possibility sweeps across three centuries of history to present a vivid gallery of women who in ways great and small shaped America's character and ideals from the country's beginnings to the early 1900s. Some are famous, familiar names, others unknown and unsung, but all share a spirit of independence and adventure that is uniquely, truly American. Theirs is an important, inspiring story, yet it's rarely told -- and never ...
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Overview

Showcasing a gorgeous selection of 160 paintings, photographs, and artifacts, I Dwell in Possibility sweeps across three centuries of history to present a vivid gallery of women who in ways great and small shaped America's character and ideals from the country's beginnings to the early 1900s. Some are famous, familiar names, others unknown and unsung, but all share a spirit of independence and adventure that is uniquely, truly American. Theirs is an important, inspiring story, yet it's rarely told -- and never with the splendor and style of this stunning volume.

In these colorful pages you'll learn about the first European women to land in the New World and the Native American matriarchs who met them. You'll meet Southern belles like Adelicia Franklin Acklen who ran great plantations and sometimes amassed great fortunes, and former slaves like Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, whose dignity, determination, and daring wrote stirring chapters in African-American history. Enter the homes these women made, from the sod houses of prairie pioneers to the glittering salons of Gilded Age grandes dames.

Author Donna Lucey tells an unforgettable tale of fascinating characters: Puritan Anne Bradstreet, the New World's first published poet...Indian princess Pocahontas, the most mythologized early Native American...Sybil Ludington, the female Paul Revere...African American Ida Wells-Barnett, whose work set the stage for Civil Rights. Meet Civil War spies; pioneer wives who brought civilization to the Old West; crusaders from abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe to the 5,000 suffragists who squared off against the U.S. Cavalry in 1913.

A big, beautifully illustrated book with a remarkable tale to tell, I Dwell in Possibility is a wide-ranging panorama of our country's history as it was lived, seen, and shaped by a dozen fascinating generations of intelligent, indomitable, absolutely unforgettable women.

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Its title borrowed from an Emily Dickinson poem, I Dwell in Possibility presents the stirring history of American women from settlement to the end of World War I. Former Time-Life editor Lucey earned strong reviews for her Photographing Montana.
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In this brief pictorial survey of 300 years of women's history in the United States, Lucey (Photographing Montana, 1894-1928: The Life of Evelyn Cameron) has selected some handsome reproductions of paintings, such as Copley's elegant portrait of Mercy Otis Warren, as well as some disturbing photographs, such as shots of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. Most of the pictures are full-page and full-color, and no other recent pictorial work covers such a broad range of history. Lucey portrays many different roles and lifestyles, showing the solid achievements but not ignoring some grim realities: a young slave woman offered as a raffle prize, immigrants living in crowded slums, the harsh conditions of prairie life, and women serving as soldiers or nurses in wartime. A sequel covering the rest of the 20th century would seem to be a likely prospect. A worthwhile addition to public library and women's studies collections. Patricia A. Beaber, Coll. of New Jersey Lib., Ewing Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792263609
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 16
Native American Women 18
Colonial Women 32
Revolutionary Women 52
Plantation Mistresses 82
Enslaved Women 112
Westering Women 142
Gilded Age Women 176
Women on the March 212
Index, Credits, Additional Reading, Acknowledgments 252
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