The Paradox of Change: American Women in the 20th Century

The Paradox of Change: American Women in the 20th Century

by William Henry Chafe, William Henry. Chafe
     
 
Here is a sweeping study of American women in the 20th century by a leading scholar of women's history. The Paradox of Change ranges from the Progressive Ers and the New Deal to the rise of feminism and the New Right in the 1970s and 1980s. Thoroughly researched and incisively argued, it is essential for anyone who wants to learn more about how women have shaped, and

Overview

Here is a sweeping study of American women in the 20th century by a leading scholar of women's history. The Paradox of Change ranges from the Progressive Ers and the New Deal to the rise of feminism and the New Right in the 1970s and 1980s. Thoroughly researched and incisively argued, it is essential for anyone who wants to learn more about how women have shaped, and been shaped by, modern America.

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"Provides a crisp overview of the present status of American women. This is the era that most texts are especially weak on, but students want to know about."—Anne M. Butler, Utah State University

"A very useful survey, which is especially strong in summarizing the literature of the past two decades."—David Stebenne, Ohio State University

"An excellent text exploring the boundaries of permissible/acceptable social change in America."—Richard K. Caputo, University of Pennsylvania

"Readable and thought-provoking....His revised work will undoubtedly, and deservedly, be read by a new generation of women's studies students."—Marilyn Yalom, Washington Post Book World

"A thoughtful re-evaluation of the same themes and issues first faced in the earlier study....[Offers] a very human conclusion to a synthesis of women's history in his century."—Choice

Praise for the First Edition: "Until Chafe's book, the period 1920-1970 has been a terra mythologica populated by stereotype and misremembrance....Chafe's thorough research now permits us to evaluate the changing contours of women's public roles in the twentieth century."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"An extraordinarily useful synthesis of material about the twentieth century woman."—Annals of the American Academy of Political Science

"A vast amount of carefully documented information in a readable form. Feminists will find evidence for their arguments in the study, students should be delighted with the generous and wide-ranging bibliography."—The Yale Review

"An excellent text, highly suitable for classroom use. It is scholarly and accessible."—Ronald A. Wells, Calvin College

"A coherent useful summary of twentieth century women's history valuable for supplement to text."—J. Horn, SUNY Brockport

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195044188
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/21/1991
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author of Women and Equality: Changing Patterns in American Culture, A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America, The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II, and Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom.

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