North Carolina Women: Making History

North Carolina Women: Making History

by Margaret Supplee Smith, Emily Herring Wilson, Doris Betts
     
 

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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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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858202
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/26/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
This is a book for all North Carolinians of whatever race, age or sex. Every book club in the state should undertake it as a project. It does more than add a dimension to North Carolina history: it significantly reorders the past.—Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

Authoritative. . . . The elegant, outsized volume is an inviting, lavishly illustrated narrative that fills in the glaring gaps that marred the standard histories. . . . A marvelously organized, superbly readable portrayal of what women were doing while explorers were exploring, soldiers were soldiering, governors were governing, from those early days of Raleigh's early colony through World War II, when women actually got into the fight themselves. . . . Its uniqueness gives it wings and its incomparable execution is sure to earn it accolades in more than one field.—Durham Herald-Sun

Makes clear to men as well as women the mutual benefit of knowing the whole story that generations of Tar Heels have shared. To have in schools, libraries, and homes this readable and carefully researched history is a joyful circumstance for all readers, who will realize anew how much better our shared future becomes when we learn from the shared past.—Doris Betts, from the Foreword

[A] stupendous addition to the literature of the state.—Fayetteville Observer Times

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. . . . A valuable reference work for American and women's history.—Kliatt

Stunning in scope, elegantly presented, and meticulously researched, North Carolina Women fills a huge void in our understanding of the role of women in the Tar Heel state. Not only is this essential reading for scholars, but the volume should appeal to anyone interested in North Carolina, southern, and women's history.—Alan D. Watson, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

A comprehensive, richly textured survey that integrates women into North Carolina's history from the pre-colonial era to the end of World War II. . . . A useful reference for historians yet accessible to a general audience as well.—Journal of Southern History

Using the women's own voices, taken from their written words and collections of oral histories, along with the revealing, passing remarks of leading men of the day, the authors chronicle a story of change that at times shows women taking one step forward and three steps back. . . . With sometimes stunning detail, it fills in some of the holes left in other books that claim to tell how North Carolina came to be what it is.—Raleigh News & Observer

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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