Women and the American Experience

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-25
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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This comprehensive synthesis of women's history from the 17th century to the present draws on the past three decades of scholarship in the field. The book's unique dual-chapter format pairs a narrative "episode" that vividly evokes a particular individual or event with a synthesis chapter that places each episode carefully within its broader historical context. This pairing of the concrete and specific with the general and historic creates the most compelling reading experience available in a survey of U.S. women's history.

Table of Contents

Mary Rowland's Captivity
The Seventeenth Century: A Frontier Society
A Necessary Good
Housewifery and Trade
Servants and Slaves
Native American Women
Prophets and Saints
Invisible Furies
Suggested Readings and Sources
Eliza Pinckney and Republican Motherhood
.The Eighteenth Century: The Eve of Modernity
Wives and Widows
Character and Capacity
Legal Institutions
Diversity of Cultures
The Cradle of the Revolution
The Pursuit of Happiness
Fathers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons
Suggested Readings and Sources
Sarah Hale and the Ladies Magazine
Promoting Woman's Sphere, 1800-1860
The Home and the World
Piety and Purity
Academy and Common School
Readers and Authors
Factory and Mill
City and Frontier
White Women in the Antebellum South
Suggested Readings and Sources
The Grimke Sisters Assail Slavery: The 1830s
Benevolence, Reform, and Slavery, 1800-1860
Origins of Association
Moral Reform
Women in Slavery
Abolition and the Woman Question
Communitarian Alternatives and Legal Rights
The Women's Rights Movement
Suggested Readings and Sources
The Shirtwaist Strike of 1909
Women at Work, 1860-1920
Civil War and Women's Work
The Black Experience
The Trans-Mississippi West
Immigrants, Cities, and Working Girls
Women in Industry
The Union Experience
Office, Store, and Classroom
Suggested Readings and Sources
The Founding of Hull House
The Rise of the New Woman, 1860-1920
Shrinking Families
The College Woman
The Professional Woman
Clubwomen and Crusaders
Educated Homemakers
Social Housekeepers
Suggested Readings and Sources
The Crisis of the NWSA
Feminism and Suffrage
An Independent Suffrage Movement
Finding a Constituency
The Argument over Suffrage
Voices on the Left
Peace, War, and the Women's Party
Women and the Vote
Suggested Readings and Sources
Direct Action: Margaret Sanger's Crusade
Cross-Currents: The 1920s
Feminists in Conflict
Aspiration and Career
Migrants and Immigrants
The New Morality
"Pals" and "Partners"
Companions and Consumers
Contraceptive Politics
Suggested Readings and Sources
Humanizing the New Deal, 1933
Emergencies: The 1930s and 1940s
Depression Families
Working Women
Women's New Deal
"Front Page Woman"
The Impact of World War II
Postwar Prospects
Suggested Readings and Sources
Turning Points: The Early 1960s
High Expectations: 1950-1975
Suburban Housewives
Working Mothers
Mixed Signals
Black Women in Postwar America
Civil Rights and Women's Liberation
Legitimizing Feminism
Suggested Readings and Sources
The Thomas Hearings: Responses to Anita Hill, 1991
In Search of Equality: Since 1975
Feminism and Stalemate
Women in the Workplace
Families in Transition
Immigration, Ethnicity, and Diversity
The Gender Gap
Women and the Law
Suggested Readings and Sources
Equal Pay for Equal Work: Lilly Ledbetter, 2007-2009
Recent Times: The Twenty-First Century
A Multi-Cultural Society
Domestic Lives
Educational Frontiers
The Global Marketplace
Politics, Public Policy, and Polarization
Looking Forward
Suggested Readings and Sources
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Wonderful August 10, 2011
This textbook is the text for a class I am taking. It is perhaps the first textbook that I can say I am enjoying! It is very well researched and written, and I am learning things that I never learned before. American history, as taught in elementary and high schools, glides over the depth of the female experience. I would recommend this textbook to anyone with an interest in learning about how women's lives have evolved in this country since colonial times.
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