Women and the Making of America, Volume 1 / Edition 1

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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: 9780138126889
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 946,990
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (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

[Volume I: Chapters 1-11]

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


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