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Now available in two-volume splits as well as the combined version.Through Women's Eyes: An American Historywas the first textbook in U.S. women's history to present an inclusive narrative within the context of the central developments of U.S. history and to integrate written and visual primary sources into each chapter. The result, according to authors Ellen Carol DuBois and Lynn Dumenil, was to "reveal the relationship between secondary and original sources, to show history as a dynamic process of investigation and interpretation rather than a set body of facts and figures." The enormous success of the first edition confirms that the field of U.S. women's history was ready for a ground-breaking textbook that focuses on women from a broad range of ethnicities, classes, religions, and regions and that helps students understand how women and women's history are an integral part of U.S. history.
ELLEN CAROL DUBOIS is Professor of History at the University of California at Los Angeles. DuBois is the author of Feminism and Suffrage: The Emergence of an Independent Women’s Movement in America, 1848-1969; Harriot Stanton Blatch and the Winning of Women’s Suffrage (winner of the 1998 Joan Kelly Price Award from the American Historical Association); and Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights. LYNN DUMENIL is Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History at Occidental College. Dumenil has written The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s and Freemasonry and American Culture: 1880-1930, and she is co-author with James Henretta and David Brody of America’s History.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. America in the World to 1650
Native American Women
African Women and the Atlantic Slave Trade
Conclusion: Many Beginnings
Documents: African Women and the Slave Trade
Visual Sources: Images of Native American Women
Chapter 2. Colonial Worlds, 1607-1750
Southern British Colonies
Northern British Colonies
Other Europes/Other Americas
Conclusion: The Diversity of American Women
Documents: By and About Colonial Women
Visual Sources: Material Culture
Visual Sources: Depictions of Family in Colonial America
Chapter 3. Mothers and Daughters of the Revolution 1750–1800
Background to Revolution, 1754-1775
Women and the Face of War, 1775-1783
Women and Religion: The Great Awakening
Conclusion: To the Margins of Political Action
Visual Sources: Portraits of Revolutionary Women
Visual Sources: Gendering Images of the Revolution
Documents: Phillis Wheatley, Poet and Slave
Documents: Education and Republican Motherhood
Chapter 4. Pedestal, Loom, and Auction Block, 1800–1860
The Ideology of True Womanhood
Women and Wage Earning
Women and Slavery
Conclusion: True Womanhood and the Reality of Women’s Lives
Documents: Prostitution in New York City, 1858
Documents: Two Slave Love Stories
Visual Sources: Godey’s Lady’s Book
Visual Sources: Early Photographs of Factory Operatives and Slave Women
Chapter 5. Shifting Boundaries: Expansion, Reform, and Civil War, 1840-1865
An Expanding Nation, 1843-1861
Conclusion: Reshaping Boundaries, Redefining Womanhood
Documents: Cross-Cultural Encounters in California, 1848-1850
Documents: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Woman’s Rights
Visual Sources: Women on the Civil War Battlefields
Chapter 6. Reconstructing Women’s Lives North and South, 1865-1900
Gender and the Postwar Constitutional Amendments
Women’s Lives in Southern Reconstruction and Redemption
Female Wage Labor and the Triumph of Industrial Capitalism
Women of the Leisured Classes
Conclusion: Toward a New Womanhood
Documents: Ida B. Wells, "Race Woman"
Documents: The Woman Who Toils
Visual Sources: The Higher Education of Women in the Postbellum Years
Visual Sources: Alice Austen: Gilded Age Photographer
Chapter 7. Women in an Expanding Nation: Consolidation of the West, Mass Immigration, and the Crisis of the 1890s
Consolidating the West
Late Nineteenth-Century Immigration
Century’s End: Challenges, Conflict, and Imperial Ventures
Conclusion: Nationhood and Womanhood on the Eve of a New Century
Documents: Zitkala-Ša: Indian Girlhood and Education
Documents: Jane Addams and the Charitable Relation
Visual Sources: Jacob Riis’s Photographs of Immigrant Girls and Working Women
Visual Sources: Women in the Cartoons of Puck Magazine
Chapter 8. Power and Politics: Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920
The Female Labor Force
The Female Dominion
Votes For Women
The Emergence of Feminism
The Great War, 1914-1919
Conclusion: New Conditions, New Challenges
Visual Sources: Parades, Picketing and Power
Visual Sources: Uncle Sam Wants You: Women and World War I Posters
Documents: Modernizing Womanhood
Documents: African American Women and the Great Migration
Chapter 9. Change and Continuity: Women in Prosperity, Depression, and War, 1920-1945
Prosperity Decade: The 1920s
Depression Decade: The 1930s
Working for Victory: Women and War, 1941-1945
Conclusion: The New Woman in Ideal and Reality
Documents: Young Women Speak Out
Documents: Women in New Deal Networks
Visual Sources: Women at Work
Chapter 10. Beyond the Feminine Mystique: Women’s Lives, 1945-1965
Family Culture and Gender Roles
Women’s Activism in Conservative Times
A Mass Movement for Civil Rights
Women and Public Policy
Conclusion: The Limits of the Feminine Mystique
Visual Sources: Television’s Prescriptions for Women
Documents: "Is a Working Mother a Threat to the Home?"
Documents: Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 11. Modern Feminism and American Society, 1965 to 1977
Roots of Sixties Feminism
Women’s Liberation and the Sixties Revolutions
Ideas and Practices of Women’s Liberation
Diversity, Race, and Feminism
The Impact of Feminism
Changing Public Policy and Public Consciousness
Conclusion: Feminism’s Legacy
Visual Sources: Feminism and the Drive for Equality in the Workplace
Documents: Women’s Liberation
Chapter 12. U.S. Women in a Global Age, 1980-Present
Feminism and the New Right in American Politics
Women and Politics
Women’s Lives in Modern America and the World
Conclusion: Women Face a New Century
Documents: Feminist Revival in the 1990s
Visual Sources: American Women in the World