North Carolina Women: Making History


For generations, books on North Carolina history have included the names of only a few women. But in addition to such well-known and legendary figures as Queen Elizabeth I and Virginia Dare, a multitude of other women influenced the making of North Carolina.

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For generations, books on North Carolina history have included the names of only a few women. But in addition to such well-known and legendary figures as Queen Elizabeth I and Virginia Dare, a multitude of other women influenced the making of North Carolina.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A useful reference for historians yet accessible to a general audience as well.

Journal of Southern History

Its uniqueness gives it wings and its incomparable execution is sure to earn it accolades in more than one field.

Durham Herald-Sun

[F]ills in some of the holes left in other books that claim to tell how North Carolina came to be.

Raleigh News and Observer

Stunning in scope, elegantly presented, and meticulously researched.

Alan D. Watson, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

This is a book for all North Carolinians of whatever race, age or sex.

Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

KLIATT - Patricia Moore
Richly annotated, copiously illustrated and painstakingly researched, this volume seeks to fill in all the gaps caused by partial and incomplete histories of North Carolina's women. Starting with the Native American women of the Woodland Indian groups and the English women of the lost Roanoke colony, and carrying the story through to the women of WW II, the authors present carefully researched yet highly readable accounts of the women who influenced their state. Their theme centers on the importance of women in the economic development of North Carolina, both agrarian and urban, and the significance of women in shaping values. This is a valuable reference work for American and women's history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858202
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 995,431
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Supplee Smith, professor of art at Wake Forest University, helped establish the university's women's studies program, coordinated the North Carolina Museum of History's Women's History Project, and curated the exhibition that opened the museum's new building in 1994.

Emily Herring Wilson, author of Hope and Dignity: Older Black Women of the South, has taught at Wake Forest University, Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Circumstances and Winners Change, by Doris Betts
Preface by Elizabeth F. Buford

Part I. Prehistory through the Eighteenth Century
Chapter 1. The First Settlers of This Land: Native American Women
Nanye'hi/Nancy Ward, 1738?-1822
Chapter 2. The Most Industrious Sex in That Place: Women on the Carolina Frontier, 1587-1729
Chapter 3. A Pattern of Industry: Women from the Colonial to Republican Eras
Rebecca Bryan Boone, 1739-1813
Ann Matthews Floyd Jessop, 1738-1822
Moravian Women, 1753-1836
The Bondswomen of Somerset Place, 1786-1860

Part II. The Nineteenth Century through Reconstruction
Chapter 4. A Hardier Mold: Women, Family, and Society, 1800-1860
Chapter 5. The Labor of Her Own Hands: Women and Work, 1800-1860
Chapter 6. Women Enter the Struggle: War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, 1860-1876
Harriet Jacobs, ca. 1813-1897
Catherine Devereux Edmondston, 1823-1875
Cornelia Phillips Spencer, 1825-1908
Rhoda Strong Lowry, 1849-1909

Part III. Reconstruction through World War II
Chapter 7. The Task That Is Ours: Women, Work, and Advocacy, 1877-1910
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, 1858-1964
Sallie Southall Cotten, 1846-1929
Julia Westall Wolfe, 1860-1945
Chapter 8. More Was Expected of Us: Women Making a Difference, 1910-1941
Charlotte Hawkins Brown, 1883-1961
Jane Simpson McKimmon, 1867-1957
Olive Dame Campbell, 1882-1954
Gertrude Weil, 1899-1971
Ella May Wiggins, 1900-1929
Mary Martin Sloop, 1873-1962
Chapter 9. Turning Point or Temporary Gain: Women and World War II, 1941-1945
Minnie Evans, 1892-1987
Elizabeth Lawrence, 1904-1985
Pauli Murray, 1910-1985
Gladys Avery Tillett, 1893-1984


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