Women's America: Refocusing the Past

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Overview

Featuring a mix of primary source documents, articles, and illustrations, Women's America: Refocusing the Past has long been an invaluable resource. Now in its sixth edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent events in American women's history. It provides many new selections from leading theorists and historians and restores several readings that were cut from the fifth edition. Successfully classroom-tested, these new essays offer more material on the impact of ethnicity in American culture, the roles that women have played in the creation of male-dominated structures, and the international dimensions of women's lives. The introductory essay has been revised and the bibliography has been updated to take into account the growing body of contemporary literature in the field. Women's America is an essential text for courses in women's history and an ideal supplement for more general survey courses on American history.

Sixty articles demonstrate with new force and vigor why gender has become a powerful and useful analytical device for understanding the past and present.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Brilliantly and evocatively, Kerber, De Hart, and Dayton have once again presented a probing and comprehensive picture of women's experience in America. An indispensable book."--William H. Chafe, Duke University

"Women's America is the ideal text to introduce students to U.S. Women's History. . . . The newest edition features innovative photographic essays to offer guidance for students in interpreting visual primary sources. This is one anthology that really does do it all!"--Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Ohio State University

"The new addition of documentary photographic essays encourages the reader to engage both visual culture and contemporary commentary, bringing women's history to life in relevant ways. Spanning the range of women's experiences across race and class, this impassioned collection is a must-have for teaching and learning women's history."--Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Smith College

"Now in its seventh edition, this long-respected text is a gift to teachers of undergraduate courses in U.S. women's history. . . . It is the perfect instrument for the survey course."--Cynthia Harrison, George Washington University

"This seventh edition of Women's America provides a very good mix of documents, essays, images, and other resources. . . . The selections, which represent some of the finest current and earlier work in the field, are engaging and thought-provoking and should stimulate many discussions and debates and encourage students to do further research."--Maureen Nutting, Seattle Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195091465
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/30/1995
  • Edition description: 4th ed
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa. She is the author of several books, including No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies (1999) and Toward an Intellectual History of Women (1997). She has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Sherron De Hart is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-author of Sex, Gender, and ERA: A State and the Nation (OUP, 1990), and winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award (1991), she specializes in twentieth-century issues of gender, politics, and policy. She is currently completing a study of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that blends biography and legal history.

Cornelia Hughes Dayton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. The author of Women Before the Bar (1995), she is currently writing a book about the life stories of those with mental disorders and their caretakers in eighteenth-century America. She recently launched a new website supplementing her essay "Taking the Trade" about a 1740s abortion trial.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Gender and the New Women's History 1
Creating a Blended Household: Christian Indian Women and English Domestic Life in Colonial Massachusetts 29
"This Evil Extends Especially ... to the Feminine Sex": Negotiating Captivity in the New Mexico Borderlands 38
The Ways of Her Household 45
Documents: The Law of Domestic Relations: Marriage, Divorce, Dower: Examples from Colonial Connecticut 55
African American Women in Colonial Society 59
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 America 69
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 Witchcraft 83
Taking the Trade: Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England Village 97
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 America 119
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 Republic 135
Women's Work: The Gender Division of Labor in Yeoman Households of South Carolina before the Civil War 145
The Pastoralization of Housework 153
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 America 168
Abortion in America 183
Document: Claiming Rights I: The Connection between Religious Faith, Abolition, and Women's Rights 193
Document: Claiming Rights I: "What I have suffered, I cannot tell you" 198
The Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention: A Study of Social Networks 200
Document: Claiming Rights II: Declaration of Sentiments, 1848 214
Document: Claiming Rights II: Married Women's Property Acts, New York State, 1848, 1860 217
Sojourner Truth's Defense of the Rights of Women as reported in 1851; rewritten in 1863 218
Enemies in Our Household : Confederate Women and Slavery 220
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 Freedom 235
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Reconstruction Amendments, 1868, 1870 247
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Bradwell v. Illinois, 1873 248
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Comstock Law, 1873 250
Document: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law: Minor v. Happersett, 1875 251
Reading Little Women: The Many Lives of a Text 252
Document: The Women's Centennial Agenda, 1876: "Guaranteed to us and our daughters forever" 265
Ida B. Wells and Southern Horrors 268
Ophelia Paquet, a Tillamook Indian Wife: Miscegenation Laws and the Privileges of Property 275
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 South 286
Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women 299
Unbound Feet: From China to San Francisco's Chinatown 302
From the Russian Pale to Labor Organizing in New York City 310
Florence Kelley and Women's Activism in the Progressive Era 327
Document: Protecting Women Wage-Workers: Muller v. Oregon, 1908 340
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 Town 345
The Next Generation of Suffragists: Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politics 358
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship I: Mackenzie v. Hare, 1915 365
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship I: Equal Suffrage Nineteenth Amendment, 1920 367
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship I: Adkins v. Children's Hospital, 1923 369
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 1920s 379
Fasting Girls: The Emerging Ideal of Slenderness in American Culture 390
The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the Twentieth Century 399
Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian South 410
When Abortion Was a Crime: Reproduction and the Economy in the Great Depression 423
Harder Times: The Great Depression 429
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 Law 435
Storms on Every Front: Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights at Home and in Europe 447
Life Interrupted: A Young Refugee Arrives in America 454
Japanese American Women during World War II 459
Gender at Work: The Sexual Division of Labor during World War II 466
Betty Friedan and the Origins of Feminism in Cold War America 481
Neighborhood Women and Grassroots Human Rights 496
Miriam Van Waters and the Burning of Letters 500
"Mannishness," Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports 508
Ladies' Day at the Capitol: Women Strike for Peace versus HUAC 517
A Woman's War: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement 532
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, 1975 546
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship II: Civil Rights Act, Title VII, 1964 550
A Human Right to Welfare? Social Protest among Women Welfare Recipients after World War II 552
Prescribing the Pill: The Coming of the Sexual Revolution in America's Heartland 560
Why the Shirelles Mattered: Girl Groups on the Cusp of a Feminist Awakening 569
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 Change 598
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Equal Rights Amendment, 1972 624
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 625
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Frontiero v. Richardson, 1973 628
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship III: Roe v. Wade, 1973; Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1992 630
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, 1981 641
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship IV: Meritor Savings Bank v. Mechelle Vinson et al., 1986 643
Document: Dimensions of Citizenship IV: Violence against Women Act, 1994, 2000 646
Women in the Gulf War 647
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 Heroine 660
Documents: Rethinking Marriage in the Late Twentieth Century: Loving v. Virginia; Griswold v. Connecticut; Defense of Marriage Act 664
Sexual Harassment on Trial: The Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Narratives 670
Inscriptions of Poverty on the Female Body in the Era of Welfare Reform 677
Sweatshops Here and There: The Garment Industry, Latinas, and Labor Migrations 682
Thirty Years after Roe: The Continued Assault on a Woman's Right to Choose 691
Women and Global Citizenship 697
Reference Works 705
Index 727
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