An Unfinished Battle: American Women 1848-1865

An Unfinished Battle: American Women 1848-1865

by Harriet Sigerman, Nancy F. (Ed.) Cott
     
 

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1848 was a year of revolution. In the United States, several determined women in upstate New York drafted a declaration of rights modeled on the 1776 Declaration of Independence and held a convention, which was attended by almost 300 women and men. The Seneca Falls Convention, writes Harriet Sigerman, launched the formal women's rights movement in the United…  See more details below

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1848 was a year of revolution. In the United States, several determined women in upstate New York drafted a declaration of rights modeled on the 1776 Declaration of Independence and held a convention, which was attended by almost 300 women and men. The Seneca Falls Convention, writes Harriet Sigerman, launched the formal women's rights movement in the United States. It was one of many historical events in which American women left their mark in the years between 1848 and 1865. This period also witnessed the expansion of the nation's boundaries and new settlements out West, the conflagration of the Civil War, and the nation's emergence as an industrial power. American women played a vital role in all of these events, as homesteaders, factory workers, nurses, physicians, army scouts and spies, and social reformers. Among the women featured in this volume are Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, the chief architects of the organized women's rights movement; Sojourner Truth, a powerful African-American orator who spoke for women's rights; Clara Barton, the dedicated Civil War nurse; and Harriet Tubman, a former slave who returned to the South more than 300 times to help free other slaves. Their stories and others tell of the setbacks and triumphs as women continued to fight for equal rights for all.

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"Clearly written.... Cover[s] a breadth of material in an interesting and understandable style."--School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Leading historical scholars tell the story of America as women experienced it. The eleven volume "Young Oxford History of Women in the United States" series focuses on dramatic incidents and personal detail of women from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds at home, at work and in pursuit of their dreams. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions of art enhance this excellent series. Each book covers one historical period. Volume 5 addresses American women's experiences in the 1848-1865 time period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195124033
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Young Oxford History of Women in the United States Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Sigerman is the author of Laborers for Liberty: American Women 1865-1890 and Land of Many Hands: Women in the American West. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was a researcher there for the Stanton Anthony Papers. She lives in New Jersey.

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