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From the Publisher"These essays . . . add to our historical understanding of gender and remind us yet again of its shaping power in the lives of both women and men."
-Men and Masculinities
For decades, women's history has been one of the most dynamic fields in all of American history. More recently, the study of manhood has drawn the attention of scholars, students, and general readers. Despite the obvious intersections of female and male gender roles, the nineteenth-century doctrine of "separate spheres" has dominated historical inquiry. The shared experiences and complementary lives of men and women have rarely been considered. This important new anthology, reflecting recent trends in the history of men and women, calls for the reintegration of the study of gender.
Only by focusing on the similarities, as well as the differences, in the lives of men and women can we achieve a fully representative portrait. The essays in this exciting collection, most commissioned exclusively for this book, cover American history from colonial times to the present, representing multicultural and interdisciplinary scholarship at its most persuasive.
Combining compelling subjects and thorough research, the contributors represent an appealing mix of established authors and new scholars. A lively blend of experience and innovation, A Shared Experience marks an important step in the development of American history and the burgeoning field of gender studies.
-Men and Masculinities
|1||Talk Like a Man: Speech, Power, and Masculinity in Early New England||19|
|2||"Love Raptures": Marital, Romantic, and Erotic Images of Jesus Christ in Puritan New England, 1670-1730||51|
|3||A Marriage "Well-Ordered": Love, Power, and Partnership in Colonial New England||78|
|4||Making Men and Women in the 1770s: Culture, Class, and Commerce in the Anglo-American World||98|
|5||"The Language of Love": The Letters of Elizabeth and William Wirt, 1802-1834||119|
|6||Tippecanoe and the Ladies, Too: White Women and Party Politics in Antebellum Virginia||141|
|7||"Not So Wild a Dream": The Domestic Fantasies of Literary Men and Women, 1820-1860||176|
|8||"Surpassing the Love of Women": Victorian Manhood and the Language of Fraternal Love||195|
|9||A Northwest Passage: Gender, Race, and the Family in the Early Nineteenth Century||222|
|10||"I Am Going to Write to You": Nurturing Fathers and the Office of Indian Affairs on the Southern Ute Reservation, 1895-1934||245|
|11||Socrates in the Slums: Homoerotics, Gender, and Settlement House Reform||273|
|12||Chivalrous Men and Voting Women: The Role of Men and the Language of Masculinity in the 1911 California Woman Suffrage Campaign||297|
|13||The "Flabby American," the Body, and the Cold War||323|
|14||Making Room for Fathers: Men, Women, and Parenting in the United States, 1945-1980||349|