Women's America: Refocusing the Past / Edition 5

Women's America: Refocusing the Past / Edition 5

by Linda K. Kerber
     
 


Women's America, now in its fifth edition, has been extensively revised and contains 34 new selections including several original essays written especially for this edition by leading U.S. historians in the field. Successfully class-tested, these new essays feature more material on anti-feminist women and the impact of ethnicity in American culture. ThisSee more details below

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Women's America, now in its fifth edition, has been extensively revised and contains 34 new selections including several original essays written especially for this edition by leading U.S. historians in the field. Successfully class-tested, these new essays feature more material on anti-feminist women and the impact of ethnicity in American culture. This new edition covers such diverse groups as nuns in early Chicago, Native American women on the Northwestern frontier, young Jewish labor organizers in the garment industry in turn-of-the-century New York, interracial activists in the segregated South, and Chicana feminists in the Southwest. The introductory and concluding essays have been revised and the bibliography has been entirely rewritten to take into account the growing body of recent literature in the field. Women's America is an essential text for courses in women's history and is a splendid supplement for more general survey courses on American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121810
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Gender and the New Women's History1
Creating a Blended Household: Christian Indian Women and English Domestic Life in Colonial Massachusetts29
"This Evil Extends Especially ... to the Feminine Sex": Negotiating Captivity in the New Mexico Borderlands38
The Ways of Her Household45
Documents: The Law of Domestic Relations: Marriage, Divorce, Dower: Examples from Colonial Connecticut55
African American Women in Colonial Society59
Document: The Law of Slavery: "According to the condition of the mother ..."67
Document: The Law of Slavery: "For prevention of that abominable mixture ..."68
"Searchers again Assembled": Gender Distinctions in Seventeenth-Century America69
Document: The Trial of Anne Hutchinson, 1637: "What law have I broken?"79
The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: The Economic Basis of Witchcraft83
Taking the Trade: Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England Village97
Document: Supporting the Revolution: "The ladies going about for money exceeded everything ..."114
Document: Supporting the Revolution: "The bullets would not cheat the gallows ..."115
Document: Supporting the Revolution: "I have Don as much to Carrey on the Warr as maney ..."117
The Republican Mother and the Woman Citizen: Contradictions and Choices in Revolutionary America119
Document: The Testimony of Slave Women: "I am quite heartsick ..."132
Document: The Testimony of Slave Women: "Look for some others for to 'plenish de earth"132
Lines of Color, Sex, and Service: Sexual Coercion in the Early Republic135
Women's Work: The Gender Division of Labor in Yeoman Households of South Carolina before the Civil War145
The Pastoralization of Housework153
Document: Working Conditions in Early Factories, 1845: "She Complained of the hours for labor being too many ..."165
The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century America168
Abortion in America183
Document: Claiming Rights I: The Connection between Religious Faith, Abolition, and Women's Rights193
Document: Claiming Rights I: "What I have suffered, I cannot tell you"198
The Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention: A Study of Social Networks200
Document: Claiming Rights II: Declaration of Sentiments, 1848214
Document: Claiming Rights II: Married Women's Property Acts, New York State, 1848, 1860217
Sojourner Truth's Defense of the Rights of Women (as reported in 1851; rewritten in 1863)218
Enemies in Our Household : Confederate Women and Slavery220
Document: Counterfeit Freedom: "Young women particularly flock back & forth ..."233
Document: Counterfeit Freedom: "I was more dead than alive"234
Reconstruction and the Meanings of Freedom235
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Reconstruction Amendments, 1868, 1870247
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Bradwell v. Illinois, 1873248
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Comstock Law, 1873250
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Minor v. Happersett, 1875251
Reading Little Women: The Many Lives of a Text252
Document: The Women's Centennial Agenda, 1876: "Guaranteed to us and our daughters forever"265
Ida B. Wells and Southern Horrors268
Ophelia Paquet, a Tillamook Indian Wife: Miscegenation Laws and the Privileges of Property275
Document: Claiming an Education: "What right! have you to bar my children out of the school because she is of chinese Descend ..."281
Document: Claiming an Education: "... this semblance of civilization ..."282
Forging Interracial Links in the Jim Crow South286
Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women299
Unbound Feet: From China to San Francisco's Chinatown302
From the Russian Pale to Labor Organizing in New York City310
Florence Kelley and Women's Activism in the Progressive Era327
Document: Protecting Women Wage-Workers: Muller v. Oregon, 1908340
Document: Protecting Women Wage-Workers: "We fought and we bled and we died ..."342
Orphans and Ethnic Division in Arizona: The Mexican Mothers and the Mexican Town345
The Next Generation of Suffragists: Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politics358
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship I: Mackenzie v. Hare, 1915365
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship I: Equal Suffrage (Nineteenth) Amendment, 1920367
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship I: Adkins v. Children's Hospital, 1923369
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship I: "I resolved that women should have knowledge of contraception ..."370
Equal Rights and Economic Roles: The Conflict over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1920s379
Fasting Girls: The Emerging Ideal of Slenderness in American Culture390
The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the Twentieth Century399
Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian South410
When Abortion Was a Crime: Reproduction and the Economy in the Great Depression423
Harder Times: The Great Depression429
Document: Struggling to Unionize: "... Once she understands she is standing in defense of her family - well, God, don't fool around with that woman then"433
Designing Women and Old Fools: Writing Gender into Social Security Law435
Storms on Every Front: Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights at Home and in Europe447
Life Interrupted: A Young Refugee Arrives in America454
Japanese American Women during World War II459
Gender at Work: The Sexual Division of Labor during World War II466
Betty Friedan and the Origins of Feminism in Cold War America481
Neighborhood Women and Grassroots Human Rights496
Miriam Van Waters and the Burning of Letters500
"Mannishness," Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports508
Ladies' Day at the Capitol: Women Strike for Peace versus HUAC517
A Woman's War: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement532
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship II: "I had entered law school preoccupied with the racial struggle ... but I graduated an unabashed feminist as well ..."537
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship II: Hoyt v. Florida, 1961; Taylor v. Louisiana, 1975546
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship II: Civil Rights Act, Title VII, 1964550
A Human Right to Welfare? Social Protest among Women Welfare Recipients after World War II552
Prescribing the Pill: The Coming of the Sexual Revolution in America's Heartland560
Why the Shirelles Mattered: Girl Groups on the Cusp of a Feminist Awakening569
Document: Making the Personal Political: "The problem that has no name ... I understood first as a woman ..."573
Document: Making the Personal Political: "The protest of the Miss America Pageant ... told the nation a new feminist movement is afoot ..."576
Document: Making the Personal Political: "Male supremacy is the oldest, most basic form of domination"578
Document: Making the Personal Political: "What is a lesbian?"580
Document: Making the Personal Political: "It has taken ... a long time ... to realize and speak out about the double oppression of Mexican-American women"583
Document: Making the Personal Political: "Women in the Asian movement find that ... stereotypes are still hovering over their heads ... that [they] must play [the] old role[s] in order to get things done"584
Document: Making the Personal Political: "We also find it difficult to separate race from class from sex oppression"586
Document: Making the Personal Political: "One of the cruelest forms of sexism we live with today is ... [that] of many doctors"591
Document: Making the Personal Political: The thoughts of one who loves life as a woman ..."593
Second-Wave Feminists and the Dynamics of Social Change598
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Equal Rights Amendment, 1972624
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972625
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Frontiero v. Richardson, 1973628
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Roe v. Wade, 1973; Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1992630
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship IV: "We were the first American women sent to live and work in the midst of guerrilla warfare ..."637
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship IV: Rostker v. Goldberg, 1981641
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship IV: Meritor Savings Bank v. Mechelle Vinson et al., 1986643
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship IV: Violence against Women Act, 1994, 2000646
Women in the Gulf War647
Document: The Changing Workplace: "... It's such a waste - such a waste of people. The way they put in word processing there, you had a lot of smart women getting dumb very fast"657
Document: The Changing Workplace: "Entering construction ... was a little like falling in love with someone you weren't supposed to"658
"Material Girl": Madonna as Postmodern Heroine660
Documents: Rethinking Marriage in the Late Twentieth Century: Loving v. Virginia; Griswold v. Connecticut; Defense of Marriage Act664
Sexual Harassment on Trial: The Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Narrative(s)670
Inscriptions of Poverty on the Female Body in the Era of Welfare Reform677
Sweatshops Here and There: The Garment Industry, Latinas, and Labor Migrations682
Thirty Years after Roe: The Continued Assault on a Woman's Right to Choose691
Women and Global Citizenship697
Reference Works705
Index727

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