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Overview

A chronological survey of the role and experience of women in American history, Women and the Making of America examines the issue of power in women’s lives and women’s history. Examining relationships between men and women as well as the diverse experiences of different women, the book explores how women were central to the making of America’s history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131839168
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Series: MyHistoryKit Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 917,425
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mari Jo Buhle

Mari Jo Buhle is William R. Kenan Jr. University Professor and Professor of American Civilization and History at Brown University, specializing in American women’s history. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana—Champaign, and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Women and American Socialism, 1870—1920 (1981) and Feminism and Its Discontents: A Century of Struggle with Psychoanalysis (1998). She is also coeditor of Encyclopedia of the American Left, second edition (1998). Professor Buhle held a fellowship (1991—1996) from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Teresa Murphy

Teresa Murphy is Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. Born and raised in California, she received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD from Yale University. She is the author of Ten Hours Labor: Religion, Reform, and Gender in Early New England (1992) and is currently completing a study about the origins of women’s history in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is the former Associate Editor of American Quarterly.

Jane F. Gerhard

Jane F. Gerhard is a visiting assistant professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, specializing in American women’s history and the history of sexuality in America. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her Ph.D. from Brown University. She is the author of Desiring Revolution: Second Wave Feminism and the Rewriting of American Sexual Thought, 1920 to 1982 (2001).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 WORLDS APART, to 1700

WOMEN IN THE AMERICAS

Hunting and Gathering

Cultural Differences

Marriage, Family, and Gender Identities

Exercising Power

EUROPEAN WOMEN

Flexible Labor Force

Patriarchal Societies

Challenges to Patriarchy

AFRICAN WOMEN BEFORE NEW WORLD CONTACT

Work and Power

Family Economies

Dependence and Freedom: Slavery in Africa

THE GENDERED DYNAMICS OF CONTACT

Discovering New Worlds

Sexuality and Claims of Civilization

Gender and the Emergence of the Slave Trade

Chapter 2 CONTACT AND CONQUEST, 1500-1700

SPANISH CONQUEST IN THE SOUTHWEST

Immigration and Work

Captivity and Kinship

Religion and Conquest

Witchcraft, Resistance, and Revolt

TRADING VENTURES IN THE NORTH

The Fur Trade

Catholicism and Conversion

Marriage, Sex, and Survival in the Middle Ground

New Netherland Trade

PLANTATION SOCIETIES OF THE SOUTHEAST

The Tobacco Economy

Wealthy Widows and Serving Wenches

Slavery, Race, and Intermarriage

Anxious Patriarchs

GODLY SOCIETIES OF NEW ENGLAND

Goodwives

Family Government

Female Piety

Witchcraft and Danger

Chapter 3 EIGHTEENTH CENTURY REVOLUTIONS

THE MARKET REVOLUTION

Cities of Women

A New World of Goods

Issues of Inequality

Slavery in a Market Economy

FAMILY RELATIONS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Passions and Patriarchal Authority

Disorderly Women: The Challenge of the Great Awakening

Female Companions: The Gendered Enlightenment

DECLARING INDEPENDENCE

Daughters of Liberty

Loyalist Wives

Fighting the War

Seize the Day: Indian and Slave Women of the Revolution

Female Citizens

A VIRTUOUS REPUBLIC

Republican Mothers and Virtuous Wives

Educated Women

A Limited Revolution

Chapter 4 FRONTIERS OF TRADE AND EMPIRE

INDIAN COUNTRY

Multiple Meanings of Captivity

Seneca Households: “A Perfect Equality”

Shawnee Society and the Incorporation of Strangers

Inheritance and Power among the Cherokee

SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN LOUISIANA

The Traffic in Women

New Orleans and Urban Slavery

Gens de Couleur Libre

WESTERN FRONTIERS

Texas: The Challenges of Settlement

New Mexico Women and Trading Networks

California Missions

The Overland Trails

Chapter 5 DOMESTIC ECONOMIES AND NORTHERN LIVES

INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATIONS

Factory Families

Independent Mill Girls

Family Wage Economy

TOWN AND COUNTRY

Seamstresses, Servants, and Shop Girls

Sex for Sale

Butter and Eggs

PRIVATE LIVES: DEFINING THE MIDDLE CLASS

Hidden Economy of Housework

Cult of Domesticity

Courtship and Marriage

Sexual Boundaries

Controlling Family Size

MULTIPLE IDENTITIES: RACE, ETHNICITY, AND THE FEMALE EXPERIENCE

African American Independence

Irish Domesticity

German Guardians of Tradition

THE CULTURE OF SENTIMENT

Women on Stage

Scribbling Women

Earnest Readers

Chapter 6 FAMILY BUSINESS: SLAVERY AND PATRIARCHY

ANTEBELLUM SLAVERY

Strong as Any Man: Slave Women’s Work

Status and Special Skills

Family Life

Sexual Demands of Slavery

Violence and Resistance

PLANTATION HOUSEHOLDS

Keeper of the Keys

Defense of Patriarchy

Family Networks

Breaking Ties

STRUGGLES FOR INDEPENDENCE

By the Sweat of their Brow: White Yeoman Households

Freedom in the Midst of Slavery: The Free African American Community

Living with the Law

REPRESENTING THE SOUTH

Constructing Virtue: Slave Women

Plantation Novels

Fighting for the South

Chapter 7 RELIGION AND REFORM

REVIVALS AND RELIGIOUS VIRTUE

Gendered Revivals in the North

Evangelical Commitment in the South

Mothers and Missionaries

Preaching the Word

RELIGION AND FAMILY AUTHORITY

Quakers, Spiritualists, and Female Autonomy

Reform Judaism and Gender Hierarchies

Power and Danger in Catholic Convents

CONTROLLING THE BODY, PERFECTING THE SOUL

Celibacy of Shakers

Bible Communism: Complex Marriage in the Oneida Community

Moral Reform Societies: Combating the Sex Trade

Bodily Purification and the Dangers of Drink

Curbing Domestic Violence

CONTESTING THE NATION: SOCIAL AND POLITICAL REFORMS

Working Women and Labor Protests

Protesting Indian Removal

Race, Hierarchy, and the Critique of Slavery

Politics and Gender in the Antislavery Movement

Chapter 8 POLITICS AND POWER: THE MOVEMENT FOR WOMAN’S RIGHTS

LIFE, LIBERTY, AND PROPERTY

Communitarian Experiments in Family and Property

Family Assets: Married Women’s Property Laws

Work and Wages

CHALLENGING THE DOCTRINE OF SEPARATE SPHERES

Promoting Female Seminaries

Confronting Educational Barriers

Demands for Divorce

WOMAN’S INFLUENCE VS. WOMAN’S RIGHTS

The Beecher-Grimke Debate

Political Participation

From Moral Suasion to Political Action

FORGING A MOVEMENT

Seneca Falls and Other Conventions

The Female Citizen

Aren’t I a Woman?

Reaching Out

Marriage and Divorce

Chapter 9 THE CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865

THE NORTHERN HOME FRONT

Woman’s National Loyal League

Bonnet Brigades

United States Sanitary Commission

Freedmen’s Aid Societies

Wartime Employments

ON THE BATTLE FIELDS

Army Nurses

Soldiers

Spies

PLANTATION SOCIETY IN TURMOIL

Unflinching Loyalty to the Cause

Plantations without Patriarchs

Campfollowers and Contrabands

A WOMAN’S WAR

A Moral Crusade against Slavery

Hospital Sketches

Memoirs and Memories

Chapter 10 IN THE AGE OF SLAVE EMANCIPATION, 1865 - 1877

RECONSTRUCTING SOUTHERN HOUSEHOLDS

The Meaning of Freedom

Negotiating Free Labor

White Women on the Old Plantation

“Freedom Was Free-er” in Towns and Cities

WOMAN’S RIGHTS RE-EMERGES

“The Negro’s Hour”

Organizing for Suffrage

The Notorious Victoria Woodhull

The New Departure

WOMAN’S RIGHT TO LABOR

Women’s Clubs

Associations for Working Women

Trade Unions

WOMAN’S CRUSADE
“Baptism of Power and Liberty”

Frances Willard

Home Protection

Chapter 11 THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI WEST, 1860-1900

ON THE RANGE AND IN MINING COMMUNITIES

Home on the Range

The Sporting Life

Domesticity on the Mining Frontier

MORMON SETTLEMENTS

The Doctrine of Plural Marriage

“The Mormon Question”

The Woman’s Vote in Utah

SPANISH-SPEAKING WOMEN OF THE SOUTHWEST

Landowning Elite

Communal Villagers

Urban Householders

BUILDING COMMUNITIES IN THE HEARTLAND

Homestead Act & Immigration

Woman’s Work, Never Done

Turning Wilderness into “Civilization”

The Patrons of Husbandry

INDIAN WOMEN, CONQUEST AND SURVIVAL

Nez Perce

Plains Indians

Southern Ute


Chapter 12 NEW WOMEN

NEW INDUSTRIES, NEW JOBS

Manufacturing

Retail Sales and Office Work

Domestic Service

NEW IMMIGRANTS

Italians

Jews

Chinese

THE NEW SOUTH

Tenant Farming and Sharecropping

Domestic Service

Textiles and Mill Villages

NEW PROFESSIONS

Education

Medicine

Ministry

Visual Art

THE NEW WOMAN AT HOME

Smaller Families, Better Babies

Woman’s Sphere Transformed

From Production to Consumption

Chapter 13 THE WOMAN MOVEMENT, 1880-1900

CROSS-CLASS ALLIANCES

Young Women’s Christian Association

Christian Homes for African American Working Women

Women’s Educational and Industrial Union Illinois Woman’s Alliance

SPANNING THE NATION

National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

National American Woman Suffrage Association

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

National Association of Colored Women

CAMPAIGNS OF THE 1890S

Populism

Woman Suffrage in the West

Antilynching Crusade

Spanish American War

WOMAN’S EMPIRE

Women’s Foreign Mission Movement

World WCTU

Outposts of the YWCA

Chapter 14 THE NEW MORALITY, 1880-1920

URBAN PLEASURES, URBAN DANGERS

“Women Adrift”

Cheap Amusements

“Charity Girls”

CHANGING RELATIONS OF INTIMACY

Courtship and Marriage

Divorce

Female Friends and Women Lovers

CURBING “SOCIAL EVILS”

Social Purity Campaign

Crusading Against Prostitution

Legislating Against “Miscegenation”

WOMEN’S BODIES & REPRODUCTION

Designed for Motherhood

Controlling Reproduction

The Birth Control Campaign

REBELS IN BOHEMIA

Living the New Morality

Heterodoxy and Feminism

Art and Politics

Chapter 15 THE PROGRESSIVE ERA, 1890-1920

“MUNICIPAL HOUSEKEEPING”

Jane Addams and Hull-House

The Settlement Movement: A Community of Women

“A Power for Good”: Neighborhood Activism

THE ERA OF WOMEN’S STRIKES

Women’s Trade Union League

Uprisings in the Garment Industry

“Bread and Roses”: The Lawrence Textile Strike, 1912

Protective Labor Legislation

“MOTHER-WORK”

Juvenile Courts

Mothers’ Pensions

The Children’s Bureau

WORLD WAR I

Wartime Employment

The Peace Movement

In National Defense

Keeping Men Fit to Fight

VOTES FOR WOMEN

Out of the Doldrums

Southern Strategy

Winning Campaign

Nineteenth Amendment, 1920

Chapter 16 THE JAZZ AGE 1920-1930

“REVOLUTION IN MORALS AND MANNERS’

Courtship in Transition

Companionate Marriage

Invention of the Lesbian Threat

WOMEN AND WORK

Married women workers

Pink-Collar Workers

Domestic Servants

Professional Workers

BEYOND SUFFRAGE

Feminist--New Style

The League of Women Voters

The Equal Rights Amendment

The Sheppard-Towner Act

WOMEN’S ACTIVISM

”Race Women” and Pan Africanism

Anti-Lynching Crusade

Klu Klux Klan

THE CULTURE OF MODERNITY

Dance Crazes

Harlem Renaissance

Singing the Blues

Chapter 17 The Great Depression, 1930-1940

Facing the Depression

Economics of running a house

Postponing marriage and children

Gender and the politics of providing

Activism

Appalachian Women in the Textile Industry

Chinese Women in San Francisco’s Garment Industry

Latinas and the California Canning Industry

The New Deal

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Women’s Network

Women in the New Deal

Gender in the Welfare State

Cultures of the Thirties

Representing Gender in New Deal Public Art

Documenting the Depression

Regulating Hollywood

Chapter 18 WORLD WAR II HOME FRONTS, 1940-1945

Women at Work on the Home Front

Working for Victory

For the Duration

Ongoing Discrimination

Gender and Wartime Popular Culture

Advertising the War

Hollywood’s War

Wartime Fashion

All-Girl Players

Wartime Domesticity

Feeding a Family

Housing Shortages

Homemaking in the Internment Camps

Parenting during the Crisis

Creating a Woman’s Army

The Women’s Army

Gender Anxieties in WAC

Women’s Air Force Service Pilots

Prejudice in the Women’s Army

Demobilization

Chapter 19 The Feminine Mystique, 1945-1965

Beyond DomesTIcity

Rosie Does Not Go Home

Working Mothers

Challenging Segregation at Work

COLD WAR MOTHERING

Bringing Up Baby

Momism

The Black Mother and Racism

REMAKING THE AMERICAN HOME

The Suburb

Chinatown

The Barrio

THE HETEROSEXUAL IMPERATIVE

Beauty Icons

Sexual Brinkmanship

Beats and Bohemians

Writing Womanhood

SEXUAL DANGERS

Back Ally Abortions

The Homosexual Menace

Lesbian Subcultures

C hapter 20 Civil Rights and Liberal ACTIVISM, 1945-1975

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Challenging Segregation

Freedom Struggles

Coming of Age in Mississippi

A MOVEMENT TAKES SHAPE

Labor Activism

The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women

Building a Movement

National Welfare Rights Organization

AGENDA FOR REFORM

Legislating Equality

Education and Athletics

Reproductive Freedom

The Media and the Movement

C hapter 21 the personal is political, 1960-1980

SEXUAL REVOLUTIONS

Liberation for All

Obscenity Redefined

Gay Liberation

WOMEN’S LIBERATION

Women of the New Left

Black Feminism

“We Called Ourselves Feministas”

The Woman Warrior

PERSONAL POLITICS

Rethinking Heterosexuality

Lesbian Feminism

The Feminist Art Movement

The Women’s Health Movement

Abortion

FAMILY LIFE, ONE DAY AT A TIME

Women at Work

The Second Shift

Marriage and Divorce

The Feminization of Poverty

Chapter 22 ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS, 1980 to 2008

THE NEW RIGHT

STOP ERA

The Pro-Family Movement

Moral Panics and Culture Wars

The Anti-Abortion Movement

WORK AND FAMILY IN THE 1990S

Work and Welfare

Gender Gaps

Caring for the Elderly

GLOBAL AMERICA

New Faces, New Families

The Gulf Wars

Terrorism at Home and Abroad

Global Feminism

Third Wave

Appendix

Glossary of Key Terms

Index

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