Modern American Women: A Documentary History

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A collection of primary source documents for the American women's history course,'Modern American Women: A Documentary History' focuses on events and developments involving women from 1890 to the present. New material includes documents on anti-lynching activism and Indian relocation,excerpts from 'The Vagina Monologues' by Eve Ensler,expanded chapters on 'Sexuality and the Body' and 'The State of the Movement for Women's Equality'. New part introductions provide historical context for and identify key themes that emerge from the documents in each of the book's three parts while headnotes,suggestions for further reading and photo essays supplement this already thorough and intimate look at women's history in the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780256071177
  • Publisher: Dorsey Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Pages: 468

Meet the Author

Susan Ware specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history and the history of American Women. The author of 'Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism'(1993); 'Partner and I: Molly Dewson, Feminism, and New Deal Politics'(1987); Holding Their Own: American Women in the 1930s'(1982); and 'Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal'(1981), Ware taught in the history department of New York University from 1986-1995 and served as an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College from 1996-1997. She is currently an independent scholar based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Modern Women in the Making, 1890-1920 1
Ch. 1 Visions of the New Woman 3
Nellie Bly: "Girl Reporter Derring-Do" 4
Bertha Palmer: The Fair Women, Chicago, 1893 7
Anna J. Cooper: Black Women Plan to Lead Their Race 11
Ida B. Wells: Speaking Out Against Lynching 14
Frances Willard Equates Learning to Ride a Bicycle with Opening New Frontiers for Women 17
Anzia Yezierska: An Immigrant Daughter Awakens to the Possibilities of the New World 20
Edith Eudora Ammons: A Woman Homesteader 23
Ch. 2 Expanding Horizons for Educated Women 28
Molly Dewson's Letters Home from Wellesley 30
Jane Addams Struggles with the Problem of "After College, What?" 34
Alice Hamilton Explores the Dangerous Trades 37
Mamie Garvin Fields: African-American Women Enter the Teaching Profession 40
Mary Ritter Beard: Women and Progressive Politics 43
Ch. 3 Women at Work 47
The Burdens of Rural Women's Lives 49
Buffalobird Woman's Story 51
The Harsh Conditions of Domestic Service 52
Female Perspectives on the Great Migration 56
Agnes Nestor: The Story of a Glove Maker 59
Working Women Write the Jewish Daily Forward 62
Photo Essay 66
Ch. 4 Feminists, Anarchists, and Other Rebel Girls 74
Mother Jones Supports Striking Coal Miners in Colorado 76
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Feminist Challenge to the Privatized Home 78
Josephine Conger-Kaneko: Wages for Housework 81
Margaret Sanger's Epiphany Over Birth Control 84
Emma Goldman: A Radical View of Women's Emancipation 89
Ch. 5 The Final Push for Suffrage 93
Abigail Scott Duniway: A Western Suffragist Talks to Her Eastern Sisters 95
Florence Luscomb: Open-Air Meetings: A New Suffrage Tactic 98
Marie Jenny Howe: An Anti-Suffrage Monologue 101
Leonora O'Reilly: A Labor Organizer Speaks Out for Suffrage 105
Maud Wood Park: "Front Door Lobbying" for Suffrage 107
Suffrage Militant Alice Paul Goes to Jail 110
Suggestions for Further Reading 115
Pt. II Individual Choices, Collective Progress, 1920-1963 117
Ch. 6 New Dilemmas for Modern Women 119
Carrie Chapman Catt: New Voters 121
Doris Stevens and Alice Hamilton: Feminists Debate the Equal Rights Amendment 123
Dorothy Dunbar Bromley: Generational Conflicts 127
Anxious Mothers Write the Children's Bureau 130
Women of the Ku Klux Klan 134
Nella Larsen: The Harlem Renaissance 139
Ch. 7 Women Face the Depression 143
Meridel LeSueur: The Despair of Unemployed Women 145
American Women Ask Eleanor Roosevelt for Help 149
Ann Marie Low: The Dust Bowl 153
Margaret Jarman Hagood: The Life Cycle of a White Southern Farm Woman 156
Carlotta Silvas Martin: A Mexican-American Childhood during the Depression 162
Genora Johnson Dollinger: Women and Labor Militancy 165
Tillie Olsen: "I Want You Women Up North to Know" 171
Photo Essay 175
Ch. 8 Rosie the Rivester and Other Wartime Women 183
Fanny Christina Hill: Rosie the Riveter 185
Marion Stegeman: Women in the Armed Forces 188
Harriette Arnow: Wartime Migration 192
Monica Sone: Japanese Relocation 197
Ruth Marshak: Women of Wartime Los Alamos 201
Ch. 9 The 50s: The Way We Were? 206
Betty Jeanne Boggs: Balancing Work and Family 208
Wilma Mankiller: Indian Relocation 211
Joanna Rubin: An Unplanned Pregnancy 215
Ethel Barol Taylor: Women Strike for Peace 217
Rosa Parks and Virginia Foster Durr: Civil Rights Activists 220
Rachel Carson Answers Her Critics 226
Suggestions for Further Reading 229
Pt. III The Personal Becomes Political, 1963 to the Present 233
Ch. 10 The Revival of Feminism 235
Founding the National Organization for Women, 1966 237
Robin Morgan: Feminist Guerrilla Theater, 1968 240
Pat Mainardi: The Politics of Housework 243
Kate Shanley: Thoughts on Indian Feminism 246
Combahee River Collective: Black Feminism 249
Michele Wallace: A More Personal View of Black Feminism 257
Houston, 1977 262
Phyllis Schlafly: A Different View of Women's Nature 264
Ch. 11 Women, Work, and Social Change 268
Cathy Tuley: Clerical Workers Unite 270
Crystal Lee Sutton: The Real "Norma Rae" Tells Her Story 273
Susan Eisenberg: Hard-Hatted Women 278
Jessie Lopez De La Cruz: Organizing the Farm Workers 282
Johnnie Tillmon: Women on Welfare 286
Photo Essay 290
Ch. 12 Sexuality and the Body 298
Helen Gurley Brown: Sex and the Single Girl 300
Margaret Cruikshank: Coming Out 303
Mariah Burton Nelson: Sex and Sports 307
Marissa Navarro: Becoming La Mujer 313
Nancy Mairs: Women and Disabilities 315
Abra Fortune Chernik: The Voice of an Anorexic 320
Eve Ensler: The Vagina Monologues 324
Ch. 13 Backlash and Progress 327
Susan Faludi: The Backlash against Feminism 329
Anita Hill: A Woman of Conscience 334
Katie Roiphe: Date Rape: Hysteria or Epidemic? 338
Christina Hoff Sommers: Who Stole Feminism? 340
Equal Protection Under the Law: United States v. Virginia 1996 344
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards: A Third Wave Feminist Manifesta 348
Charlotte Bunch: Global Feminism 350
Gloria Anzaldua: The Borderlands 353
Suggestions for Further Reading 358
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