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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 manynew 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 ofmale-dominated structures, and the international dimensions of women's lives. The book covers such diverse groups as Christian Indian women in colonial America, African-American women in post-Civil War Atlanta, young Jewish labor organizers in turn-of-the-century New York, new arrivals to SanFrancisco's Chinatown, Japanese-American women during World War II, and Chicana feminists. 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 inwomen's history and an ideal supplement for more general survey courses on American history.
Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History at the University of Iowa Jane Sherron De Hart is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Gender and the New Women's History
Traditional America, 1600-1820
Creating a Blended Household: Christian Indian Women and English Domestic Life in Colonial Massachusetts
"This Evil Extends Especially ... to the Feminine Sex": Negotiating Captivity in the New Mexico Borderlands
The Ways of Her Household
Documents: The Law of Domestic Relations: Marriage, Divorce, Dower
Examples from Colonial Connecticut
African American Women in Colonial Society
Documents: The Law of Slavery
"According to the condition of the mother ..."
"For prevention of that abominable mixture ..."
"Searchers again Assembled": Gender Distinctions in Seventeenth-Century America
Document: The Trial of Anne Hutchinson, 1637
"What law have I broken?"
The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: The Economic Basis of Witchcraft
Taking the Trade: Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England Village
Documents: Supporting the Revolution
"The ladies going about for money exceeded everything ..."
Sarah Osborn, "The bullets would not cheat the gallows ..."
Rachel Wells, "I have Don as much to Carrey on the Warr as maney ..."
The Republican Mother and the Woman Citizen: Contradictions and Choices in Revolutionary America
The Many Frontiers of Industrializing America, 1820-1900
Documents: The Testimony of Slave Women
Maria Perkins, "I am quite heartsick ..."
Rose, "Look for some others for to 'plenish de earth"
Lines of Color, Sex, and Service: Sexual Coercion in the Early Republic
Women's Work: The Gender Division of Labor in Yeoman Households of South Carolina before the Civil War
The Pastoralization of Housework
Document: Working Conditions in Early Factories, 1845
"She complained of the hours for labor being too many ..."
The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century America
Abortion in America
Documents: Claiming Rights I
Sarah and Angelina Grimke: The Connection between Religious Faith, Abolition, and Women's Rights
Keziah Kendall, "What I have suffered, I cannot tell you"
The Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention: A Study of Social Networks
Documents: Claiming Rights II
Declaration of Sentiments, 1848
Married Women's Property Acts, New York State, 1848, 1860
Sojourner Truth's Defense of the Rights of Women (as reported in 1851; rewritten in 1863)
Enemies in Our Households: Confederate Women and Slavery
Documents: Counterfeit Freedom
A. S. Hitchcock, "Young women particularly flock back & forth ..."
Roda Ann Childs, "I was more dead than alive"
Reconstruction and the Meanings of Freedom
Documents: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law
Reconstruction Amendments, 1868, 1870
Bradwell v. Illinois, 1873
Comstock Law, 1873
Minor v. Happersett, 1875
Reading Little Women: The Many Lives of a Text
Document: The Women's Centennial Agenda, 1876
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, "Guaranteed to us and our daughters forever"
Ida B. Wells and Southern Horrors
Ophelia Paquet, a Tillamook Indian Wife: Miscegenation Laws and the Privileges of Property
Documents: Claiming an Education
Mary Tape, "What right! have you to bar my children out of the school because she is of chinese Descend ..."
Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), "... this semblance of civilization ..."
Forging Interracial Links in the Jim Crow South
Creating the State in an Industrialized Nation, 1900-1945
Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women
Unbound Feet: From China to San Francisco's Chinatown
From the Russian Pale to Labor Organizing in New York City
Florence Kelley and Women's Activism in the Progressive Era
Document: Protecting Women Wage-Workers
Muller v. Oregon, 1908
Pauline Newman, "We fought and we bled and we died ..."
Orphans and Ethnic Division in Arizona: The Mexican Mothers and the Mexican Town
The Next Generation of Suffragists: Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politics
Documents: Dimensions of Citizenship I
Mackenzie v. Hare, 1915
Equal Suffrage (Nineteenth) Amendment, 1920
Adkins v. Children's Hospital, 1923
Margaret Sanger, "I resolved that women should have knowledge of contraception ..."
Equal Rights and Economic Roles: The Conflict over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1920s
Fasting Girls: The Emerging Ideal of Slenderness in American Culture
The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the Twentieth Century
Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian South
When Abortion Was a Crime: Reproduction and the Economy in the Great Depression
Harder Times: The Great Depression
Document: Struggling to Unionize
Genora Johnson Dollinger, "... Once she understands she is standing in defense of her family--well, God, don't fool around with that woman then"
Designing Women and Old Fools: Writing Gender into Social Security Law
Storms on Every Front: Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights at Home and in Europe
Life Interrupted: A Young Refugee Arrives in America
Japanese American Women during World War II
Gender at Work: The Sexual Division of Labor during World War II
Struggles Against Injustice, 1945-2000
Betty Friedan and the Origins of Feminism in Cold War America
Neighborhood Women and Grassroots Human Rights
Miriam Van Waters and the Burning of Letters
"Mannishness," Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports
Ladies' Day at the Capitol: Women Strike for Peace versus HUAC
A Woman's War: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Documents: Dimensions of Citizenship II
Pauli Murray, "I had entered law school preoccupied with the racial struggle ... but I graduated an unabashed feminist as well..."
Hoyt v. Florida, 1961; Taylor v. Louisiana, 1975
Civil Rights Act, Title VII, 1964
A Human Right to Welfare? Social Protest among Women Welfare Recipients after World War II
Prescribing the Pill: The Coming of the Sexual Revolution in America's Heartland
Why the Shirelles Mattered: Girl Groups on the Cusp of a Feminist Awakening
Documents: Making the Personal Political
Betty Friedan, "The problem that has no name ... I understood first as a woman ..."
Carol Hanisch, "The protest of the Miss America Pageant ... told the nation a new feminist movement is afoot..."
Redstockings, "Male supremacy is the oldest, most basic form of domination"
Radicalesbians, "What is a lesbian?"
Jennie V. Chavez, "It has taken ... a long time ... to realize and speak out about the double oppression of Mexican-American women"
"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"
The Combahee River Collective, "We also find it difficult to separate race from class from sex oppression"
Kay Weiss, "One of the cruelest forms of sexism we live with today is ... [that] of many doctors"
Phyllis Schlafly, The thoughts of one who loves life as a woman ..."
Second-Wave Feminists and the Dynamics of Social Change
Documents: Dimensions of Citizenship III
Equal Rights Amendment, 1972
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972
Frontiero v. Richardson, 1973
Roe v. Wade, 1973; Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1992
Documents: Dimensions of Citzenship IV
"We were the first American women sent to live and work in the midst of guerrilla warfare ..."
Rostker v. Goldberg, 1981
Meritor Savings Bank v. Mechelle Vinson et al., 1986
Violence against Women Act, 1994, 2000
Women in the Gulf War
Documents: The Changing Workplace
Lucille Schmidt, "... It's such a waste--such a waste of people. The way they put in word processing there, you had a lot fo smart women getting dumb very fast"
Susan Eisenberg, "Entering construction ... was a little like falling in love with someone you weren't supposed to"
"Material Girl": Madonna as Postmodern Heroine
Documents: Rethinking Marriage in the Late Twentieth Century
Loving v. Virginia; Griswold v. Connecticut; Defense of Marriage Act
Sexual Harassment on Trial: The Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Narrative(s)
Inscriptions of Poverty on the Female Body in the Era of Welfare Reform
Sweatshops Here and There: The Garment Industry, Latinas, and Labor Migrations
Thirty Years after Roe: The Continued Assault on a Woman's Right to Choose
Women and Global Citizenship
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