Women's America Refocusing the Past

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  • Copyright: 2003-11-20
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Featuring a mix of primary source documents, articles, and illustrations, Women's America: Refocusing the Past has long been an invaluable resource. Now in its sixth edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent events in American women's history. It provides manynew selections from leading theorists and historians and restores several readings that were cut from the fifth edition. Successfully classroom-tested, these new essays offer more material on the impact of ethnicity in American culture, the roles that women have played in the creation ofmale-dominated structures, and the international dimensions of women's lives. The book covers such diverse groups as Christian Indian women in colonial America, African-American women in post-Civil War Atlanta, young Jewish labor organizers in turn-of-the-century New York, new arrivals to SanFrancisco's Chinatown, Japanese-American women during World War II, and Chicana feminists. The introductory essay has been revised and the bibliography has been updated to take into account the growing body of contemporary literature in the field. Women's America is an essential text for courses inwomen's history and an ideal supplement for more general survey courses on American history.

Author Biography

Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History at the University of Iowa Jane Sherron De Hart is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introduction: Gender and the New Women's Historyp. 1
Traditional America, 1600-1820p. 25
Creating a Blended Household: Christian Indian Women and English Domestic Life in Colonial Massachusettsp. 29
"This Evil Extends Especially ... to the Feminine Sex": Negotiating Captivity in the New Mexico Borderlandsp. 38
The Ways of Her Householdp. 45
Documents: The Law of Domestic Relations: Marriage, Divorce, Dower
Examples from Colonial Connecticutp. 55
African American Women in Colonial Societyp. 59
Documents: The Law of Slavery
"According to the condition of the mother ..."p. 67
"For prevention of that abominable mixture ..."p. 68
"Searchers again Assembled": Gender Distinctions in Seventeenth-Century Americap. 69
Document: The Trial of Anne Hutchinson, 1637
"What law have I broken?"p. 79
The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: The Economic Basis of Witchcraftp. 83
Taking the Trade: Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England Villagep. 97
Documents: Supporting the Revolution
"The ladies going about for money exceeded everything ..."p. 114
Sarah Osborn, "The bullets would not cheat the gallows ..."p. 115
Rachel Wells, "I have Don as much to Carrey on the Warr as maney ..."p. 117
The Republican Mother and the Woman Citizen: Contradictions and Choices in Revolutionary Americap. 119
The Many Frontiers of Industrializing America, 1820-1900p. 129
Documents: The Testimony of Slave Women
Maria Perkins, "I am quite heartsick ..."p. 132
Rose, "Look for some others for to 'plenish de earth"p. 132
Lines of Color, Sex, and Service: Sexual Coercion in the Early Republicp. 135
Women's Work: The Gender Division of Labor in Yeoman Households of South Carolina before the Civil Warp. 145
The Pastoralization of Houseworkp. 153
Document: Working Conditions in Early Factories, 1845
"She complained of the hours for labor being too many ..."p. 165
The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 168
Abortion in Americap. 183
Documents: Claiming Rights I
Sarah and Angelina Grimke: The Connection between Religious Faith, Abolition, and Women's Rightsp. 193
Keziah Kendall, "What I have suffered, I cannot tell you"p. 198
The Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention: A Study of Social Networksp. 200
Documents: Claiming Rights II
Declaration of Sentiments, 1848p. 214
Married Women's Property Acts, New York State, 1848, 1860p. 217
Sojourner Truth's Defense of the Rights of Women (as reported in 1851; rewritten in 1863)p. 218
Enemies in Our Households: Confederate Women and Slaveryp. 220
Documents: Counterfeit Freedom
A. S. Hitchcock, "Young women particularly flock back & forth ..."p. 233
Roda Ann Childs, "I was more dead than alive"p. 234
Reconstruction and the Meanings of Freedomp. 235
Documents: After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law
Reconstruction Amendments, 1868, 1870p. 247
Bradwell v. Illinois, 1873p. 248
Comstock Law, 1873p. 250
Minor v. Happersett, 1875p. 251
Reading Little Women: The Many Lives of a Textp. 252
Document: The Women's Centennial Agenda, 1876
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, "Guaranteed to us and our daughters forever"p. 265
Ida B. Wells and Southern Horrorsp. 268
Ophelia Paquet, a Tillamook Indian Wife: Miscegenation Laws and the Privileges of Propertyp. 275
Documents: Claiming an Education
Mary Tape, "What right! have you to bar my children out of the school because she is of chinese Descend ..."p. 281
Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), "... this semblance of civilization ..."p. 282
Forging Interracial Links in the Jim Crow Southp. 286
Creating the State in an Industrialized Nation, 1900-1945p. 297
Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Womenp. 299
Unbound Feet: From China to San Francisco's Chinatownp. 302
From the Russian Pale to Labor Organizing in New York Cityp. 310
Florence Kelley and Women's Activism in the Progressive Erap. 327
Document: Protecting Women Wage-Workers
Muller v. Oregon, 1908p. 340
Pauline Newman, "We fought and we bled and we died ..."p. 342
Orphans and Ethnic Division in Arizona: The Mexican Mothers and the Mexican Townp. 345
The Next Generation of Suffragists: Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politicsp. 358
Documents: Dimensions of Citizenship I
Mackenzie v. Hare, 1915p. 365
Equal Suffrage (Nineteenth) Amendment, 1920p. 367
Adkins v. Children's Hospital, 1923p. 369
Margaret Sanger, "I resolved that women should have knowledge of contraception ..."p. 370
Equal Rights and Economic Roles: The Conflict over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1920sp. 379
Fasting Girls: The Emerging Ideal of Slenderness in American Culturep. 390
The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the Twentieth Centuryp. 399
Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian Southp. 410
When Abortion Was a Crime: Reproduction and the Economy in the Great Depressionp. 423
Harder Times: The Great Depressionp. 429
Document: Struggling to Unionize
Genora Johnson Dollinger, "... Once she understands she is standing in defense of her family--well, God, don't fool around with that woman then"p. 433
Designing Women and Old Fools: Writing Gender into Social Security Lawp. 435
Storms on Every Front: Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights at Home and in Europep. 447
Life Interrupted: A Young Refugee Arrives in Americap. 454
Japanese American Women during World War IIp. 459
Gender at Work: The Sexual Division of Labor during World War IIp. 466
Struggles Against Injustice, 1945-2000p. 479
Betty Friedan and the Origins of Feminism in Cold War Americap. 481
Neighborhood Women and Grassroots Human Rightsp. 496
Miriam Van Waters and the Burning of Lettersp. 500
"Mannishness," Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sportsp. 508
Ladies' Day at the Capitol: Women Strike for Peace versus HUACp. 517
A Woman's War: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movementp. 532
Documents: Dimensions of Citizenship II
Pauli Murray, "I had entered law school preoccupied with the racial struggle ... but I graduated an unabashed feminist as well..."p. 537
Hoyt v. Florida, 1961; Taylor v. Louisiana, 1975p. 546
Civil Rights Act, Title VII, 1964p. 550
A Human Right to Welfare? Social Protest among Women Welfare Recipients after World War IIp. 552
Prescribing the Pill: The Coming of the Sexual Revolution in America's Heartlandp. 560
Why the Shirelles Mattered: Girl Groups on the Cusp of a Feminist Awakeningp. 569
Documents: Making the Personal Political
Betty Friedan, "The problem that has no name ... I understood first as a woman ..."p. 573
Carol Hanisch, "The protest of the Miss America Pageant ... told the nation a new feminist movement is afoot..."p. 576
Redstockings, "Male supremacy is the oldest, most basic form of domination"p. 578
Radicalesbians, "What is a lesbian?"p. 580
Jennie V. Chavez, "It has taken ... a long time ... to realize and speak out about the double oppression of Mexican-American women"p. 583
"Women in the Asian movement find that ... stereotypes are still hovering over their heads ... that [they] must play [the] old role[s] in order to get things done"p. 584
The Combahee River Collective, "We also find it difficult to separate race from class from sex oppression"p. 586
Kay Weiss, "One of the cruelest forms of sexism we live with today is ... [that] of many doctors"p. 591
Phyllis Schlafly, The thoughts of one who loves life as a woman ..."p. 593
Second-Wave Feminists and the Dynamics of Social Changep. 598
Documents: Dimensions of Citizenship III
Equal Rights Amendment, 1972p. 624
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972p. 625
Frontiero v. Richardson, 1973p. 628
Roe v. Wade, 1973; Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1992p. 630
Documents: Dimensions of Citzenship IV
"We were the first American women sent to live and work in the midst of guerrilla warfare ..."p. 637
Rostker v. Goldberg, 1981p. 641
Meritor Savings Bank v. Mechelle Vinson et al., 1986p. 643
Violence against Women Act, 1994, 2000p. 646
Women in the Gulf Warp. 647
Documents: The Changing Workplace
Lucille Schmidt, "... It's such a waste--such a waste of people. The way they put in word processing there, you had a lot fo smart women getting dumb very fast"p. 657
Susan Eisenberg, "Entering construction ... was a little like falling in love with someone you weren't supposed to"p. 658
"Material Girl": Madonna as Postmodern Heroinep. 660
Documents: Rethinking Marriage in the Late Twentieth Century
Loving v. Virginia; Griswold v. Connecticut; Defense of Marriage Actp. 664
Sexual Harassment on Trial: The Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Narrative(s)p. 670
Inscriptions of Poverty on the Female Body in the Era of Welfare Reformp. 677
Sweatshops Here and There: The Garment Industry, Latinas, and Labor Migrationsp. 682
Thirty Years after Roe: The Continued Assault on a Woman's Right to Choosep. 691
Women and Global Citizenshipp. 697
Reference Worksp. 705
Indexp. 727
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