A Companion to American Women's History
This collection of twenty-four original essays by leading scholars in American women's history highlights the most recent important scholarship on the key debates and future directions of this popular and contemporary field.
- Covers the breadth of American Women's history, including the colonial family, marriage, health, sexuality, education, immigration, work, consumer culture, and feminism.
- Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic.
- Includes expanded bibliography of titles to guide further research.
Contributors Karen Anderson is Professor of History at the University of Arizona. She is the author most recently of ChanJin8 Woman:A History of Racial Ethnic Women in Modern America (1996) and is currently completing a book on the Little Rock, Arkansas, school desegregation crisis, 1954-64. Rosalyn Baxandall is Professor and Chair of American Studies at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. She has written widely on working women, reproductive rights, and suburbia. She is co-author
even less change in the wake of the Revolution. Few of them were freed with the abolition of slavery from Pennsylvania northward, so the majority of African American women found their motherhood forcibly enlisted as the slave republic expanded into the new cotton fields of the Old Southwest. If the Revolution had any consequences on the fates of those under household government, it was the flexibility of its Jeffersonian rhetorical flourish that “all men are created equal.” Adopted and
several political theories, each of which had different implications for women. Consider, for example, the question of women’s voting. Affluent women, those who held property, were the first to demand the right to vote, but only for those independent women who met the same property qualifications for voting as men. It is a measure of how uncertain they were of their rights that they did so privately, however, in letters to family members, rather than in petitions or other public acts. (The
Jonathan Prude has pointed out, for every respectable Yankee young woman who wound up at Lowell, many more, blessed with fewer opportunities and fewer resources, wound up working in smaller rural mills characterized by family labor. After 1820, large numbers of rural women were also drawn into the industrial economy through outwork, making buttons and palm-leaf hats as well as shoes for wages or credit with local merchants. These women seem to have turned to outwork partly in response to the
University Press, pp. 113-27. Wellman, Judith (1991) “The Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention: A Study of Social Networks,” Journal of Women’sHistory 3, pp. 9-37. Welter, Barbara (1966) “The Cult of True Womanhood, 1820-1860,” American Quarterly 18, pp. 151-74. Welter, Barbara (1976) Dimity Convictions: The American Woman in the Nineteenth Century Athens: Ohio State University Press. Yee, Shirley J. (1992) Black Women Abolitionists: A Study in Activism, 1828-1860. Knoxville: university of