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Synthesizing the best and most current scholarship, Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documentsis a widely admired, ground-breaking text. The first to present a narrative of U.S. women's history within the context of the central developments of the United States and to integrate written and visual primary sources into each chapter through its signature docutext format, it is perfect for teaching history as a dynamic process of interpretation. With its focus on women from a broad range of ethnicities, classes, religions, and regions, Through Women's Eyesmore than ever helps students understand how women are an integral part of U.S. history.
Ellen Carol DuBois is Professor of History and Women’s Studies 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. Her current women’s history work focuses on international feminist politics in the interwar years.
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. She is editor in chief of the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. America in the World to 1650 Native American Women Europeans Arrive African Women and the Atlantic Slave Trade Conclusion: Many Beginnings Visual Sources: Images of Native American Women Documents: African Women and the Slave Trade
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 Revolutionary Era Legacies 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 Antebellum Reform Civil War, 1861-1865 Conclusion: Reshaping Boundaries, Redefining Womanhood *Documents: Dame Shirley’s Letters: A Woman’s Gold Rush Documents: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Writing in the Lily and Una 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: The New Woman
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 at the World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893
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, 1914-1918 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: American Women on the International Stage, 1915-1919
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 *Visual Sources: Dorothea Lange Photographs Farm Women of the Great Depression
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: Women in 21st Century Politics Visual Sources: American Women in the World