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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618122196
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Major Problems in American History Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Beth Norton earned her M.A. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1969) from Harvard University. Since 1971 she has taught at Cornell University, where she is now the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History. A specialist in early American and women's history, Norton has written The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in England, 1774–1789 (1972); Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750–1800 (1980; 1996); and Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society (1996). She has coauthored A People and a Nation (now in its Sixth Edition), has co-edited two volumes of original essays in addition to Major Problems in American Women's History, and has served as the general editor for the American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature (3d ed., 1995). She has written scholarly essays for such journals as the American Historical Review, Signs and the William and Mary Quarterly. She recently completed a new study of the Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692.

Norton has held numerous research fellowships, including ones from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She has also been awarded the Allan Nevins Prize for the best-written dissertation in American history (1970), the Berkshire Conference Prize for the best book by a woman historian (1981), and four honorary degrees. Her most recent book, Founding Mothers & Fathers, was one of three finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in history. Active in professional associations, she has been a member ofthe council of the Organization of American Historians, vice-president for research of the American Historical Association, and, most recently, chair of the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. She served as a presidential appointee on the National Council for the Humanities, 1978–1984.

Ruth M. Alexander (PhD, Cornell University) earned a BA at the City College of New York and an MA at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since 1988 she has taught at Colorado State University, where she is currently Chair and Professor of History. A specialist in twentieth-century U.S. and American women's history, Dr. Alexander is the author of The "Girl Problem": Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900–1935(1995). Her articles and essays have appeared several scholarly journals. In addition, Dr. Alexander has won research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library, the New York State Library, and Colorado State University. She is a recipient of awards from the Western Association of Women Historians and the New York State Archives and Records Administration.

Thomas Paterson is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. In addition to being the General Editor of Houghton Mifflin's Major Problems series, he is co-author of Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, 5/e, (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) and A People and A Nation, 6/e (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). In addition to authoring several books and editing collections of essays on the history of U.S. Foreign Relations, he served as senior editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations (1997). He is part president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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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
      • ESSAYS
        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
        • DOCUMENTS
          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
          • ESSAYS
            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
            • DOCUMENTS
              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
              • ESSAYS
                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
                • DOCUMENTS
                  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
                  • ESSAYS
                    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
                    • DOCUMENTS
                      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
                      • ESSAYS
                        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
                        • DOCUMENTS
                          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
                          • ESSAYS
                            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
                            • DOCUMENTS
                              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
                              • ESSAYS
                                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
                                • DOCUMENTS
                                  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
                                  • ESSAYS
                                    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
                                    • DOCUMENTS
                                      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
                                      • ESSAYS
                                        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
                                        • DOCUMENTS
                                          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
                                          • ESSAYS
                                            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
                                            • DOCUMENTS
                                              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
                                              • ESSAYS
                                                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
                                                • DOCUMENTS
                                                  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
                                                  • ESSAYS
                                                    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
                                                    • DOCUMENTS
                                                      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
                                                      • ESSAYS
                                                        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
                                                        • DOCUMENTS
                                                          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
                                                          • ESSAYS
                                                            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
                                                            • DOCUMENTS
                                                              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
                                                              • ESSAYS
                                                                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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