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The Encyclopedia of Women's History in America
     

The Encyclopedia of Women's History in America

by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont
 

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More than 500 entries examine virtually every aspect of the experiences, struggles, and achievements of women in the United States: important and pioneering figures, key events, and controversies, movements and court cases. Topics include Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Baby M, Backlash , Amy Beach, bra-burning, Rachel Carson,

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More than 500 entries examine virtually every aspect of the experiences, struggles, and achievements of women in the United States: important and pioneering figures, key events, and controversies, movements and court cases. Topics include Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Baby M, Backlash , Amy Beach, bra-burning, Rachel Carson, Hillary Clinton, contraception, Emily Dickinson, Amelia Earhart, Equal Rights Amendment, Eva Hesse, Anita Hill, military service, Toni Morrison, Nineteenth Amendment, Operation Rescue, Pocahontas, rape, Roe v. Wade , Salem Witchcraft Trails, Margaret Sanger, sexual harassment, and Year of the Woman.This encyclopedia also includes an appendix of pertinent documents, an extensive bibliography, and nearly four dozen photos new to this first-time paperback edition. From colonial poet Anne Bradstreet to a discussion of the “glass ceiling,” this encyclopedia is a fascinating, reliable, and up-to-date resource.

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VOYA
This update will not disappoint fans of the first edition published in 1996. It is a comprehensive, one-stop resource on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the continuous and changing role of women during more than three hundred years of American history. The recent publication date permits the entry on Hillary Rodham Clinton to read "The only First Lady in American history to be nominated for elective office." Unlike Notable American Women (Belkamp/Harvard University Press, 1971-1980), biographical entries are only a part of this valuable resource. Women's organizations, court rulings, proposed and enacted legislation, and information on the impact of women in the political arena, the arts, health and science, education, sports, and the business world can be found in this user-friendly reference. The carefully cross-referenced index will guide readers looking for information on birth control to the entries on Emma Goldman, Griswold v. Connecticut, and Margaret Sanger, among others. Black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout the text. Entries vary in length from one paragraph to one-and-a-half pages. Suggestions for further reading follow each entry. The appendix presents thirty-eight primary source documents in chronological order and a list of congressional representatives and senators up to 1999. The bibliography is exhaustive. This resource will be useful in any library and will be helpful for students' reports, but it also will be delightful to browse. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix. 2000, Facts on File, 418p. PLB $65. Ages 12 to Adult. Reviewer: Lois Parker-Hennion SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
Library Journal
In this treatment of U.S. women's history, Cullen-Dupont presents over 500 entries for significant events, legislative acts, court cases, organizations, individuals, and publications. Inclusion, though unpredictable, tends to favor specific named groups rather than general concepts (e.g., 'Operation Rescue' and Roe v. Wade; nothing under abortion), and reflects the diversity of women's backgrounds and experience in the United States. Less comprehensive than Angela Zophy's Handbook of American Women's History, particularly concerning women's occupations and other topics in U.S. social history, this work lacks the advantage of Zophy's specialist contributors. Its emphasis is less biographical than Doris Weatherford's American Women's History; unlike the Weatherford title, it has no illustrations but does include suggested readings after each entry, an extensive bibliography, an appendix of 34 documents, and an index. Also on the plus side are Cullen-Dupont's engaging prose style, enlivened by frequent quotes from primary sources, and good coverage of recent topics, including entries for Anita Hill, Camille Paglia, 'glass ceiling,' the Violence Against Women Act (1994), and Harris v. Forklift Systems. -- Carolynne Myall, Eastern Washington University Libraries, Cheney
Booknews
A comprehensive resource highlighting the lives and contributions of women from Pocahontas to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Entries range from individuals, movements and reforms, court cases, and issues affecting women from Colonial times to present-day issues and personages. Includes references for further information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306808685
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
08/21/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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