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Major Problems in American Women's History / Edition 3

Major Problems in American Women's History / Edition 3

by Norton, Ruth M. Alexander, Thomas Paterson, Thomas G. Paterson, Ruth Alexander

ISBN-10: 0618122192

ISBN-13: 9780618122196

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division

This text, appropriate for courses in U.S. women's history, presents a carefully selected group of readings that allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions. Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems in American History series introduces


This text, appropriate for courses in U.S. women's history, presents a carefully selected group of readings that allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions. Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems in American History series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays.

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Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
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Major Problems in American History Ser.
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Older Edition
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Table of Contents

  • 1. Current Issues in American Women's History
    Manuela Thurner, Issues and Paradigms in American Women's History
    Gisela Bock, Challenging Dichotomies in Women's History
    Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, African American Women in History
  • 2. Colonial Women in New Worlds
    1. Mary Musgrove Assists the Georgians in Dealing with the Choctaws, 1734
    2. Mary Musgrove Seeks Aid from Georgia in Return for Past Service and Losses, 1747
    3. Father Juan Sanz de Lezaún Reports a Comanche Raid in New Mexico, 1747
    4. Father Pedro Serrano Describes the Treatment of Captive Indian Women in New Mexico, 1761
    5. Israel and Mary Wilkinson Describe the Relationship of Sara Muckamugg and Aaron, an African American Man, 1771
    6. Rhode Island Prohibits Whites from Marrying People of Color, 1798
    James F. Brooks, Captivity in the New Mexico Borderlands
    Michele Gillespie, Mary Musgrove and the Sexual Politics of Race and Gender in Georgia
    Daniel R. Mandell, A Case Study of Indian and African American Intermarriage in Colonial New England
  • 3. The Economic Roles of Women in the Northern Colonies
    1. Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, a Wealthy Philadelphian, Describes Her Work and That of Other Women, 1758-1794
    2. Ruth Henshaw, a Massachusetts Teenager, Records Her Work in 1792
    Gloria L. Main, Gender, Work, and Wages in Colonial New England
    Karin Wulf, Women's Work in Colonial Philadelphia
  • 4. The Impact of the American Revolution
    1. Abigail and John Adams Discuss "Rememberingthe Ladies," 1776
    2. The Patriot Esther DeBerdt Reed Describes the "Sentiments of an American Woman,", 1780
    3. Thomas Jefferson's Slaves Join the British, 1781
    4. Sarah Osborn, a Camp Follower, Recalls the Revolution, 1837
    Joan Hoff, The Negative Impact of the American Revolution on White Women
    Mary Beth Norton, The Positive Impact of the American Revolution on White Women
    Jacqueline Jones, The Mixed Legacy of the American Revolution for Black Women
  • 5. White Women and Politics in the Antebellum Years
    1. A Correspondent of the Richmond Enquirer Satirizes the Political Role of "the Ladies of Richmond," 1840
    2. Two Commentators Deride Virginia Whig Women's Plan to Erect a Statue to Henry Clay, 1844
    3. Elizabeth McClintock and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Defend teh seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention, 1848
    4. Sarah Josepha Hale, Editor of Godey's Lady's Book, Praises Women's Indirect Political Influence, 1852
    5. Two Men Debate Women's Proper Role, 1853–1854. Henry Mills Alden, the Editor of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Attacks Women's Rights, 1853; Anson Bingham Responds in The Lily, 1854
    Paula Baker, White Women's "Separate Sphere" and Their Political Role, 1780–1860
    Elizabeth R. Varon, White Women and Party Politics in Antebellum Virginia
    Nancy Isenberg, Women's Rights and the Politics of Church and State in Antebellum America
  • 6. Women and Slavery
    1. Lydia White, A Philadelphia Shopkeeper, Refuses to Carr the Products of Slave Labor in Her Dry Goods Store, 1831
    2. "A.F.M.," a Young Rhode Island Girl, Exhorts "the Daughters of New England" to Oppose Slavery, 1832
    3. Frances Ellen Watkins (Harper), a Freeborn Black Poet, Pleads, "Bury Me in a Free Land," 1858
    4. Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, a Plantation Mistress, Discusses Interracial Sexual Relationships, 1858
    5. Mary Still, a Prominent Black Abolitionist, and Other Free Women in Philadelphia Form the "Female Publication Society" to Promote the Moral Uplift of Free and Enslaved African Americans, 1861
    6. Pauli Murray Recounts the Rape of Her Enslaved Great-Grandmother in 1844
    Catherine Clinton, Sexuality in Black and White
    Shirley J. Yee, Free Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement
    Julie Roy Jeffrey, Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement
  • 7. White Women in the Civil War Crisis
    1. Maria Daly, a New Yorker, Criticizes Southern Women and Records the War Work of Her Acquaintances, 1862
    2. The Louisianian Sarah Morgan Proudly Proclaims Herself a Rebel, 1863
    3. Caroline Kirkland Offers "a Few Words in Behalf of the Loyal Women of the United States," 1863
    4. Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas Describes Conditions in the Confederacy and Criticizes Northern Women, 1865
    5. Mary Livermore Recalls Northern Women's Response to the Beginning of the Civil War, 1890
    LeeAn Whites, Southern White Women and the Burdens of War
    Jeanie Attie, Northern White Women and the Mobilization for War
  • 8. Women in the Trans-Mississippi Frontier West
    1. A Citizen Protests the Rape of Indian Women in California, 1862
    2. An Old Woman Recalls Her Life in Hispanic California in the Early Nineteenth Century, 1877
    3. Zitkala-Sa Travels to the Land of the Big Red Apples, 1884
    4. Mrs. A.M. Green's Account of Frontier Life, 1887
    5. Sadie Martin's Memories of Desert Life, 1888
    6. Leong Shee's Testimony to an Immigration Official in San Francisco, 1893
    Coll-Peter Thrush and Robert H. Keller, Jr., The Life and Murder Trial of a Native American Woman in the Pacific Northwest
    Judy Yung, Chinese Women in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
  • 9. Work and Work Cultures in the Era of the "New Woman," 1880–1920s
    1. Rose Cohen Describes Her First Job in New York City, 1892
    2. Gertrude Stuart Baillie Asks, "Should Professional Women Marry?" 1894
    3. Fannie Barrier Williams Describes the "Problem of Employment for Negro Women," 1903
    4. Harriet Brunkhurst Laments the Home Problems of "Business Girls," 1910
    5. The Survey Reports on a Protest of Unemployed Women in New York City, 1914
    6. College Women Offer Patriotic Service in Agriculture During World War I
    7. Elizabeth Jones Praises Negro Women in the Nursing Profession, 1923
    8. Marion Bonner Reports on the Women of the Southern Textile Strikes, 1929
    Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Community Life and Work Culture Among African American Domestic Workers in Washington, D.C., 1910–1940
    Susan A. Glenn, The Working Lives of Jewish Immigrant Daughters in Urban America, 1900–1920
  • 10. The "New Woman" in Public Life and Politics, 1900–1930
    1. Mary Church Terrell Praises the Club Work of Colored Women, 1901
    2. Mary Church Terrell Describes Lynching from a Negro's Point of View, 1904
    3. Mary B. Dixon, R.N., Endorses Votes for Women, 1908
    4. Margaret Dreier Robins Describes the Purposes of the Women's Trade Union League, 1909
    5. The California Supreme Court Upholds an Eight-Hour Law for Women, 1912
    6. Mary Ritter Beard Defends the Place of the Congressional Union in the Suffrage Movement, 1916
    7. Two Statements on Race Relations. Women's Council of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1920; Southeastern Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, 1921
    8. Elsie Hill and Florence Kelly Take Opposing Positions on a Proposed Woman's Equal Rights Bill, 1922. Elsie Hill Explains Why Women Should Have Full Legal Equality, 1922; Florence Kelly Explains Her Opposition to Full Legal Equality, 1922
    Kathryn Kish Sklar, Differences in the Political Cultures of Men and Women Reformers During the Progressive Era
    Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Diplomats to the White Community: African American Women in Progressive-Era North Carolina
  • 11. Sexuality and Marriage in Modern America
    1. Extracts from the Mosher Survey, 1892–1913
    2. Carlton C. Frederick, M.D., on the Manifestations of Nymphomania, 1907
    3. Letters to Margaret Sanger, Birth Control Advocate, from American Wives and Husbands, 1920s
    4. Malcolm Bissell Reports on Birth Control Activism in Eastern Pennsylvania, 1925
    5. Phyllis Blanchard and Carolyn Manasses Discuss the Ideals and Problems of Modern Marriage, 1930
    Sharon R. Ullman, The Boundaries of Heterosexuality in Early-Twentieth-Century America
    Margaret Gibson, American Doctors Define the Lesbian and Her Intellect, 1880–1949
    Nancy F. Cott, The Modern Architecture of Marriage
  • 12. Women in America During the Great Depression and New Deal
    1. Ann Marie Low Records Her Feelings About Life in the Dust Bowl, 1934
    2. Agnes Buns Wieck Describes the March and Petition of Ten Thousand Miners' Wives, 1933
    3. Dorothy Dunbar Bromley Comments on Birth Control and the Depression, 1934
    4. P'ing Yu Publicizes a Shameful Demonstration of Racism Among White Clubwomen in California, 1937
    5. Louise Mitchell Denounces the "Slave Markets" Where Domestics Are Hired in New York City, 1940
    Annelise Orleck, Housewives Demand Economic Justice During the Great Depression
    Andrea Tone, Women, Birth Control, and the Marketplace in the 1930s
  • 13. Women and the Disputed Meanings of Gender, Race, and Sexuality During World War II
    1. Mrs. Norma Yerger Queen Reports on the Problems of Employed Mothers in Utah, 1944
    2. Hortense Johnson Describes Black Women and the War Effort, 1943
    3. Women Meet at the White House to Claim a Role in Postwar Foreign Policy Making, 1944
    4. The Challenges of Maintaining the Health, Discipline, and Morale of the Women's Army Corps in North Africa and the Mediterranean During World War II, 1953
    Karen Tucker Anderson, Persistent Discrimination Against Black Women During World War II
    Valerie Matsumoto, Japanese American Women During World War II
    Leisa D. Meyer, The Regulation of Sexuality and Sexual Behavior in the Women's Army Corps During World War II
  • 14. Women and the Feminine Ideal in Postwar America
    1. Louisa Randall Church Explores the Duties of Parents as Architects of Peace, 1946
    2. Psychiatrist Marynia F. Farnham and Sociologist Ferdinand Lundberg Denounce Modern Woman as the "Lost Sex," 1947
    3. African American Pauli Murray Explains Why Negro Girls Stay Single, 1947
    4. Nonconformist Joyce Johnson Recounts Her Experience in Obtaining an Illegal Abortion in New York City, 1955
    5. A Letter to the Editor of The Ladder from an African American Lesbian, 1957
    Joanne Meyerowitz, Competing Images of Women in Postwar Mass Culture
    Rickie Solinger, Women and the Politics of Hospital Abortion Committees, 1950–1970
  • 15. Women Confront Oppression and Demand Change, the 1960s and 1970s
    1. Betty Friedan Reveals the "Problem That Has No Name," 1963
    2. NOW Issues Its Statement of Purpose, 1966
    3. Mirta Vidal Reports on the Rising Consciousness of the Chicana About Her Special Oppression, 1971
    4. Susan Griffin Calls Rape the "All-American Crime," 1971
    5. The Supreme Court Legalizes Abortion in Roe v. Wade, 1973
    6. Lindsy Van Gelder Reports on the "World Series of Sex-Discrimination Suits," 1978
    Anne Standley, The Role of Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement
    Nancy MacLean, Uncovering the History of Working Women and Affirmative Action in the 1970s
    Jane Gerhard, The Female Orgasm in American Sexual Thought and Second Wave Feminism
  • 16. Women, Social Change, and Reaction from the 1980s to the New Millennium
    1. Connaught C. Marshner Explains What Social Conservatives Really Want, 1988
    2. Anita Hill's Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1991
    3. The Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Rights and State Regulation in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992
    4. Nancy G. Brinker Testifies in Favor of Increased Funding for Breast Cancer Research, 2000
    5. Asma Gull Hasan Comments on American Muslim Women Who Live "Between Two Worlds," 2000
    6. Jamala McFadden Tells Her Story of Welfare Assistance in the 1990s, 2002
    Amy Sue Bix, Women, Gay Men, and Medical Authority in the Wars Against Breast Cancer and AIDS
    Kathleen Moore, Muslim Women, the Hijab, and Religious Liberty in Late-Twentieth-Century America
    Gwendolyn Mink, Feminists and the Politics of Welfare Reform in the 1990s

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