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Women in American History Since 1880: A Documentary Reader

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9050-3
288 pages
February 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Women in American History Since 1880 presents a collection of over 60 primary source documents that illuminate the diverse experiences of women during different time periods in America.
  • Offers a balanced approach to women's experiences by representing a diversity of voices and by focusing on the four themes of work, citizenship, representations, and domestic lives
  • Concentrates on a 120-year span of history rather than the entire sweep of time from the colonial age to the present
  • Includes an introduction, document headnotes and questions at the end of each chapter designed to encourage students to engage with the material critically
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Series Editors’ Preface.

Introduction.

I. The Boundaries of Convention in the Gilded Age, 1880-1900.

A. Work.

1. Atlanta Washing Society, 1881.

2. Lynn Shoe Stitchers, 1886 and 1888.

B. Citizenship.

3. Frances Willard, Women and Organization, 1891.

4. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Solitude of Self, 1892.

5. Ida B. Wells, Lynch Law, 1892.

C. Images.

6. Kate Chopin, Regret, 1897.

7. Zitkala-Ša (Gertrude Bonnin), The Beadwork, 1900.

D.  Domestic Lives.

8. Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Rules and regulations for the Hope and Help Rooms, 1887.

9.   Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, The Mosher Survey, 1892 to 1913.

10.   Leong Shee’s Testimony, 1893 and 1929.

II. Reform and Revolt in the Modern Era: 1900-1920.

A. Work.

1. Maimie Pinzer, Letters to Fanny Howe, 1911.

2. A Negro Nurse, More Slavery at the South, 1912.

B. Citizenship.

3. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Women in Industry Should Organize, 1911.

4. Louis D. Brandeis and Josephine Goldmark, The Brandeis Brief, 1908.

5. Nannie Helen Burroughs, Black Women and Reform, 1915.

6. Sonya Levien, The Struggles of Immigrant Women, 1918.

7. Crystal Eastman, Our War Record: A Plea for Tolerance, 1918.

C. Images.

8.   Virginia Arnold Holding Kaiser Wilson Banner, 1917.

9.   Women Rivet Heaters and Passers On, 1919.

D.  Domestic Lives.

10.   Elinore Pruitt Stewart, The Homesteader’s Marriage and A Little Funeral, 1912.

11.   Lutiant, Letter to a Friend, 1918.

III.  Sex and Politics in An Age of Conservatism, 1920-1933.

A. Work.

1. Caroline Manning, The Immigrant Woman and Her Job, 1930.

2. Christine Galliher Describes her Participation in a Walk-Out Strike, 1979.

B. Citizenship.

3. National Woman’s Party, Why It Should Not Pass: The Blanket Equality Bill, 1922.

4. Carrie Chapman Catt, Poison Propaganda, 1924.

5. Eleanor Roosevelt, Women Must Learn to Play the Game as Men Do, 1928.

C. Images.

6. Betty Boop’s Bamboo Isle, 1932.

7. Ethel Waters, No Man’s Mamma Now, 1925.

D. Domestic Lives.

8. Margaret Sanger, Address of Welcome, 1925.

9. Alice Hamilton, Poverty and Birth Control, 1926.

IV. Women and Family in Times of Crisis, 1933-1948.

A. Work.

1. Jennie Matyas and the I.L.G.W.U., 1937.

2. Emma Tenayuca, Pecan Shellers Strike, 1938.

3. Anna Mae Dickson, It’s Something Inside You, 1930s.

B. Citizenship.

4. New York Times, Women Will Form a Ferry Command, 1942.

5. Sue Kunitomi Embrey Describes her Experience as an Internee at Manzanar, 1973.

C. Images.

6. Rosie the Riveter, 1942.

7. Still Image of Joan Crawford from Mildred Pierce, 1945.

D. Domestic Lives.

8. Tennessee Valley Authority, Office Memorandum Re: Mattie and Jim Randolph, 1936.

9. Eudora Welty, To Play Dolls, 1936.

10. Letters from Polly to William Crow, 1944 to 45.

V. The Second Sex in America: 1948-1968.

A.  Work.

1. Michael Wilson, Salt of the Earth, 1954.

2. Los Angeles Times, Classified Advertisements, 1960.

3. Betty Friedan,  The Sexual Sell, 1963.

B. Citizenship.

4. Dorothy Kenyon and Phyllis J. Shampanier, Hoyt v. Florida, 1961.

5. Casey Hayden and Mary King, A Kind of Memo, 1965.

6. Fannie Lou Hamer, Testimony Before the Credentials Committee at the Democratic National Convention, 1964.

C. Images.

7. Esmeralda Santiago, A Nena Puertorriquena Decente, 2004.

8. Life Magazine, How Nice to be a Pretty Girl and Work in Washington, 1962.

D. Domestic Lives.

9. Del Martin, President’s Message to the Daughters of Bilitis,1956.

10. Susan Tracy, We Know What You’ve Done, 1989.

VI. Race, Class, Gender and the Redefinition of America: 1968-1988.

A. Work.

1. Ms. Magazine, To Love, Honor, and…Share: A Marriage Contract for the Seventies, 1973.

2. Barbara Kingsolver, Ask Any Miner, 1983.

3. Seth Mydans, Children of Chinatown Get a Day-Care Center, 1984.

B. Citizenship.

4. Angela Davis, Free Angela Davis, 1972.

5. Letter from Esther Peterson to Martha Griffiths, 1971.

6. Phyllis Schlafly, Women Should Not Serve in Combat, 1979.

7. Sister Theresa Kane, Welcome to Pope John Paul II, 1979.

C. Images.

8. Bill Keane, When I Grow Up, 1973.

9. Gloria Anzaldúa, To Live in the Borderlands means you, 1999.

D. Domestic Lives.

10. Barbara Susan, An Abortion Testimonial, n.d.

11. Senator George McGovern, The Pill and Informed Consent, 1970.

12. New Jersey Lesbian Caucus, How Do You Define “Lesbianism?” 1976.

VII. Globalization, Glass Ceilings, and the Good Life? 1988-2008.

A. Work.

1. Felice N. Schwartz, Management Women and the New Facts of Life, 1989.

2. New York Times, More and More, Women Risk All to Enter U.S., 2006.

B. Women.

3. Anita Hill, Statement to the U.S Senate Judiciary Committee for the Hearings on Clarence Thomas, 1991.

4. Rebecca Walker, Becoming the Third Wave, 1992.

5. Carolyn Maloney, The Spirit of Stonewall, 1999.

C. Images.

6. Guerilla Girls, Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get into the Met. Museum? 1989

7. Susan Power, Museum Indians, 2002.

D. Domestic Lives.

8. National Center for Health Statistics, Death Rates for Selected Causes of Death for White and Black Women, 1970 and 1993.

9. Barbara Seaman, The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill 1969,1995.

10. Antonia I. Castañeda, History and the Politics of Violence Against Women, 1995.

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Nancy J. Rosenbloom is Professor of History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. She has taught courses in American Women’s History since 1979 and has served as the Director of the Women’s Studies Program and Chair of the Department of History at Canisius College. She has published on different aspects of American film in the early twentieth century and is currently working on the early life of Hollywood screenwriter Sonya Levien.
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  • Presents over 60 documents, including visual material, that illuminate the experiences of women in America as seen from varied perspectives and historical moments between 1880 and the present
  • Offers a balanced approach to women's experiences by representing a diversity of voices and by focusing on the four themes of work, citizenship, representations, and domestic lives
  • Concentrates on a 120-year span of history, from 1880 to the present day, in order to provide the instructor with maximum flexibility
  • Includes an introduction, document headnotes and questions at the end of each chapter designed to encourage students to engage with the material critically
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“This is the lively, wide-ranging documentary reader that we’ve all been waiting for! Nancy Rosenbloom has created an intriguing gold mine of American women’s unfiltered voices.”
Nancy C. Unger, author of Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer

"From Betty Boop and textile workers to Ms. Magazine and globalization, this essential collection of primary sources stresses complexity and diversity as it seamlessly shows change and continuity in the experience of women. It also encourages students to develop historical thinking skills tied to sophisticated content."
Noralee Frankel, author of Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee
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