The Practice of U. S. Women's History: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues / Edition 1

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In the last several decades, U.S. women's history has come of age. Not only have historians challenged the national narrative on the basis of their rich explorations of the personal, the social, the economic, and the political, but they have also entered into dialogues with each other over the meaning of women's history itself. In this collection of seventeen original essays on women's lives from the colonial period to the present, contributors take the competing forces of race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, and region into account. Among many other examples, they examine how conceptions of gender shaped government officials' attitudes towards East Asian immigrants; how race and gender inequality pervaded the welfare state; and how color and class shaped Mexican American women's mobilization for civil and labor rights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813541815
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Jay Kleinberg is director of the Centre for American, Transatlantic, and Caribbean History at Brunel University, London, England, where she is a professor of history.

Eileen Boris holds the Hull Chair and is chair of the women’s studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Vicki L. Ruiz is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies and interim dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues   S. Jay Kleinberg   Eileen Boris   Vicki L. Ruiz     1
Where the Girls Aren't: Women as Reluctant Migrants but Rational Actors in Early America   Trevor G. Burnard   Ann M. Little     12
"Your Women Are of No Small Consequence": Native American Women, Gender, and Early American History   Gail D. Macleitch     30
From Daughters of Liberty to Women of the Republic: American Women in the Era of the American Revolution   Susan Branson     50
Southern Women of Color and the American Revolution, 1775-1783   Betty Wood     67
From Dawn to Dusk: Women's Work in the Antebellum Era   Inge Dornan   S. Jay Kleinberg     83
To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds: Women and the American Civil War   Susan-Mary Grant     106
Turner's Ghost: A Personal Retrospective on Western Women's History   Susan Armitage     126
Gender and U.S. Imperialism in U.S. Women's History   Laura Briggs     146
Chinese American Women in U.S. History: Explaining Representations of Exotic Others, Passive Objects, and Active Subjects   Shirley Hune     161
Migrations and Destinations: Reflections on the Histories of U.S. Immigrant Women   Donna R. Gabaccia   Vicki L. Ruiz     185
African American Women and Migration   Leslie Brown     201
Morena/o, Blanca/o, y Cafe con Leche: Racial Constructions in Chicana/o Historiography   Vicki L. Ruiz     221
The Woman Suffrage Movement, 1848-1920   Elizabeth J. Clapp     238
Engendering Social Welfare Policy   Eileen Boris   S. Jay Kleinberg     258
Interrupting Norms and Constructing Deviances: Competing Frameworks in the Histories of Sexualities in the United States   Leisa D. Meyer     280
Strong People and Strong Leaders: African American Women and the Modern Black Freedom Struggle   Mary Ellen Curtin     308
A New Century of Struggle: Feminism and Antifeminism in the United States, 1920-Present   Kristin Celello     329
Contributors     347
Index     353
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