This second edition of a well-received introduction to the history of American women is organized around a paired-chapter format. The first chapter in the pair is a narrative episode that concentrates in some detail on a particular person or event. The second sets that event into a wider historical context. This helps illustrate the main themes of women's history by referring to the concrete and the particular.
1. Mary Rowlandson's Captivity.
2. The Seventeenth Century: A Frontier Society.
3. Eliza Pinckney and Republican Motherhood.
4. The Eighteenth Century: The Eve of Modernity.
5. Sarah Hale and the Ladies Magazine.
6. Promoting Women's Sphere, 1800 -1860.
7. Frances Wright at Nashoba.
8. Slavery, Benevolence, and Reform, 1800 -1860.
9. The Shirtwaist Strike of 1909.
10. Women at Work, 1860 -1920.
11. The founding of Hull House.
12. The Rise of the New Woman, 1860 -1920.
13. The Crisis of the NWSA.
14. Feminism and Suffrage, 1860 -1920.