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Overview

For over three centuries, American women have struggled to win their fundamental rights as citizens of the United States. The 125 historical documents contained in this unique volume bring to life the triumphs, disappointments, and passion of the fight for women's rights in America. From Anne Hutchinson to Hillary Rodham Clinton, voices from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds speak through letters, personal narratives, policy statements, laws, court decisions, and even poetry.
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The struggle for women's social, political, legal, economic, and educational rights in America from colonial times to 1993 are captured in 125 historical documents that include letters, personal narratives, policy statements, laws, court decisions, and even poetry. Organized into five chronological periods, each period and each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction that puts it into historical context. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965273
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

WINSTON E. LANGLEY is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

VIVIAN C. FOX is Professor of History at Worcester College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Significant Dates in the History of Women's Rights
Pt. I A Flavor of the Setting: Colonial Period to the Adoption of the Constitution 1
Document 1 Biblical Authority and Women's Rights 5
Document 2 Commentaries on the Laws of England (William Blackstone, 1765) 6
Document 3 The Examination of Mrs. Ann Hutchinson (1637) 9
Document 4 John Winthrop's View of a "Woman's Place" (1645) 14
Document 5 A Seventeenth Century Quaker Women's Declaration (1675) 15
Document 6 Interaction among Quaker Women: A Glimpse (1708-1726) 17
Document 7 Letter to Catherine Ray (Benjamin Franklin, 1755) 18
Document 8 An Occasional Letter on the Female Sex (Thomas Paine, 1775) 19
Document 9 A Lack of Good Faith? (1776) 20
Document 10 Sentiments of an American Woman (1780) 25
Document 11 "On the Equality of the Sexes" (Constantia, 1790) 27
Document 12 The Rights of Seneca Women (1790-1791) 34
Document 13 Did Women Gain from the Revolution? (1790-1791) 35
Pt. II The Republican Order and the Cracks in Its Design, 1790-1865 39
Document 14 Religion, Virtue and the Behavior of Women (1770) 45
Document 15 Thoughts upon Female Education (Benjamin Rush, 1787) 46
Document 16 Report on Manufactures (Alexander Hamilton, 1791) 50
Document 17 The Valedictory and Salutatory Orations of Women at The Young Ladies Academy of Philadelphia (1792 and 1793) 51
Document 18 Women as Industrial Workers, Organizers, and Strikers in the 1830s and 1840s 56
Document 19 To the Friends of Christian Education (1835) 60
Document 20 Dissertation on the Characteristic Differences Between the Sexes (Thomas R. Drew, 1835) 62
Document 21 Letters to Catherine Beecher (Angelina Grimke, 1838) 63
Document 22 Pastoral Letter of the General Association of Massachusetts (Orthodox) to the Churches under Their Care (1837) 65
Document 23 Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women (Sarah Grimke, 1837) 67
Document 24 "The Times that Try Men's Souls" (Maria Weston Chapman, 1837) 70
Document 25 Discourse on Female Influence (Jonathan Steams, 1837) 72
Document 26 The Right of the People, Men and Women, to Petition (1838) 74
Document 27 Shaw v. Shaw (1845) 76
Document 28 The Admission of the First Woman to a Male Medical College (Steven Smith, M.D., 1847) 77
Document 29 Married Women's Property Acts, New York (1848-1849) 80
Document 30 Declaration of Sentiments (1848) 82
Document 31 The Rights of Women: A Reaction to Seneca Falls (Frederick Douglass, 1848) 85
Document 32 Paulina W. Davis's Definition of the Women's Movement (1850) 86
Document 33 Memorial (Women's Efforts to Influence the Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1850) 87
Document 34 "Ain't I a Woman?" (Sojourner Truth, 1851) 88
Document 35 "On the Education of Females" (Paulina W. Davis, 1851) 89
Document 36 Syracuse National Woman's Rights Convention (1852) 93
Document 37 New York State Temperance Convention, Rochester (1852) 95
Document 38 Constitutional Convention of Massachusetts (July 1853) 97
Document 39 Women's Rights Convention, New York (August 1853) 99
Document 40 Changes in Women's Economic Conditions (1853) 101
Document 41 Have We A Despotism Among Us! (1854) 104
Document 42 Marriage under Protest (Henry Blackwell and Elizabeth Stone, 1855) 107
Document 43 Condition of Black Women Before the Civil War (mid-1850s) 109
Document 44 Commonwealth v. Patrick Fogerty (1857) 113
Document 45 Hair v. Hair (1858) 114
Document 46 Address on Behalf of the New York Divorce Bill (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1861) 118
Document 47 Changes in the Married Women's Property Act of 1860, New York, and Some Reactions to Them 121
Document 48 Recognition of Anna Ella Carroll's Military Contribution to the Civil War (1881) 123
Document 49 The Loyal Women of the Country to Abraham Lincoln (1863) 125
Document 50 Petition to the Senate and House of Representatives and Editorial by Theodore Tilton of the New York Independent, Regarding Women's Suffrage and the Fourteenth Amendment (1865) 127
Pt. III The Suffrage Issue: One among Many, 1866-1920 131
Document 51 Congressional Debate on Women's Suffrage (1866) 139
Document 52 "Keep the Thing Going while Things Are Stirring" (Sojourner Truth, 1867) 141
Document 53 The Fourteenth Amendment (1868) 143
Document 54 Statement by Frederick Douglass (1869) 144
Document 55 An Act to Grant to the Women of Wyoming the Right of Suffrage, and to Hold Office (1869) 144
Document 56 The Fifteenth Amendment (1870) 145
Document 57 Address of Victoria C. Woodhull to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives (1871) 146
Document 58 The Comstock Law (1873) 147
Document 59 U.S. v. Susan B. Anthony (1873) 149
Document 60 Bradwell v. Illinois (1873) 151
Document 61 "Social Purity" (Susan B. Anthony, 1875) 153
Document 62 Testimony on Prostitution (1876) 158
Document 63 Socialist Statement on Women's Rights (The First International, 1876) 159
Document 64 1876 Declaration of Rights 160
Document 65 Letter to Susan B. Anthony (1881) 164
Document 66 "The Relation of the Sexes to Government" (Edward D. Cope, 1888) 166
Document 67 "Solitude of Self" (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1892) 169
Document 68 "A Letter on Woman Suffrage from One Woman to Another" (1894) 171
Document 69 The Woman's Bible (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1895) 173
Document 70 Black and White Women's Clubs - Some Goals (1895) 176
Document 71 Women's Constitution and Health - Some Interpretations (1870, 1895) 179
Document 72 Women and Economics (Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1898) 181
Document 73 Muller v. Oregon (1908) 187
Document 74 Reactions to Socialists' Position on Women's Rights (1907) 189
Document 75 The Lady (Emily James Putnam, 1910) 190
Document 76 History of Women in Industry in the United States (1910) 193
Document 77 The Traffic in Women and Marriage and Love (Emma Goldman, 1910) 201
Document 78 Hearings on Women's Suffrage Before the House Committee on the Judiciary (1912) 209
Document 79 Woman's Share in Social Culture (Anna Garlin Spencer, 1912) 210
Document 80 From a Drunkard's Wife (1894) 216
Document 81 Sex Education and Contraception (1913) 216
Document 82 The Nineteenth Amendment (1920) 220
Pt. IV A Woman Is a Woman Is a Woman: The Struggle Continues, 1920-1963 223
Document 83 "The Flapper and Her Critics" (Gerald E. Critoph, early 1920s) 231
Document 84 Adkins v. Children's Hospital (1923) 234
Document 85 Proposed Equal Rights Amendment (1923) 235
Document 86 A League of Women Voters Survey of the Legal Status of Women (1924) 236
Document 87 "Shall Women Throw Away Their Privileges?" (Edward C. Lukens, 1925) 239
Document 88 "Women Should Have Equal Rights with Men: A Reply" (Burnita S. Matthews, 1926) 241
Document 89 Working Women Respond to the Equal Rights Amendment (1920-1940) 244
Document 90 Regulation of Employment for Women (1933) 246
Document 91 "Challenging Sexual Discrimination in the Historical Profession" (Jacqueline Goggin, circa 1930s) 248
Document 92 Gender at Work: The Depression and World War II (1933) 250
Document 93 Employed Mothers and Child Care During the Depression and World War II (circa 1940) 255
Document 94 Puerto Rican and Black Women's Paid Labor (1940s) 257
Document 95 Goesaert v. Cleary (1948) 260
Document 96 "Why I Quit Working" (1951) 262
Document 97 Planned Parenthood (early 1950s) 264
Document 98 "Women Are People" (1952) 265
Document 99 Hoyt v. Florida (1961) 266
Document 100 The Feminine Mystique (Betty Friedan, 1963) 267
Pt. V At the Crossroads, 1963-1993 273
Document 101 The Equal Pay Act of 1963 279
Document 102 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 280
Document 103 "Notes of a Radical Lesbian" (Martha Shelly, 1969) 283
Document 104 "The Secretarial Proletariat" (Judith Ann, 1970) 285
Document 105 The Dialectics of Sex (Shulamith Firestone, 1970) 286
Document 106 Reed v. Reed (1971) 289
Document 107 The Equal Rights Amendment and Some Arguments Pro and Con (1972) 290
Document 108 The Second Revolution (1973) 293
Document 109 Frontiero v. Richardson (1973) 294
Document 110 Roe v. Wade (1973) 296
Document 111 "Day Care in Connecticut: Problems and Perspectives" (1975) 299
Document 112 Diary of a Student-Mother-Housewife-Worker (mid-1970s) 299
Document 113 The Battered Woman (Lenore E. Walker, 1979) 301
Document 114 Rostker v. Goldberg (1981) 305
Document 115 The Second Stage (Betty Friedan, 1981) 307
Document 116 Black Women and Feminism (bell hooks, 1981) 309
Document 117 The Equality Trap (Mary Ann Mason, 1988) 312
Document 118 Perspectives on Pornography (1991) 315
Document 119 The Civil Rights Act of 1991 318
Document 120 U.S. Roman Catholic Bishop's Letter on Women (1992) 320
Document 121 "Science vs. the Female Scientist" (Shirley M. Tilghman, 1993) 321
Document 122 The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 324
Document 123 Policy on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces (1993) 325
Document 124 "Special Versus Equal Treatment" (1993) 326
Document 125 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women 327
Glossary 331
Women's Organizations 335
Bibliography 341
Index 351
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