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Writing Women's Lives: American Women's History through Letters and Diaries

Susan Corey (Editor), Jonathan Boe (Editor), Marsha Markman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-881089-32-2
352 pages
August 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
Writing Women
The 69 selections in this volume are for the most part the voices of women who saw themselves not as inhabiting a separate and enclosed sphere but as coworkers, often but not always in specialized female tasks, in a common enterprise: tending fields, raising children, coping with the stresses of wartime. Some of the women here have written and acted demanding full partnership in the social institutions that they were expected to sustain mostly as subordinates. Together, the entries give a rich depiction of an American womanhood that, even when perceived by husbands, politicians, and scholars as the other, was a participant in a history committed, at least in theory, to equality.
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Part 1: The Colonial and Revolutionary Eras, From the Beginnings to 1789.

Part 2: A Growing Nation, 1789-1861.

Part 3: The Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877.

Part 4: Expansion and Industrialization, 1877-1919.

Part 5: Prosperity, Depression, and War, 1919-1945.

Part 6: Modern America, 1945 to the Present.
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Marsha Markman and Susan Corey are professors in the English Department at California Lutheran University. The late Jonathan Boe was a professor in the History Department. The three have also jointly edited The American Journey: United States History Through Letters and Diaries (Volume I and Volume II).
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