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Major Problems in American Women's History

Major Problems in American Women's History - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0618719181

Cover of Major Problems in American Women
ISBN13: 978-0618719181
ISBN10: 0618719180

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 4TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2007
International: No

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Major Problems in American Women's History - 4TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618719181

Mary Beth Norton, Ruth M. Alexander and Thomas G. Paterson

ISBN13: 978-0618719181
ISBN10: 0618719180

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 4TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2007
International: No

Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. Major Problems in American Women's History is the leading reader for courses on the history of American women, covering the subject's entire chronological span. While attentive to the roles of women and the details of women's lives, the authors are especially concerned with issues of historical interpretation and historiography.

The Fourth Edition features greater coverage of the experiences of women in the Midwest and the West, immigrant women, and more voices of women of color. Key pedagogical elements of the Major Problems format have been retained: 14 to 15 chapters per volume, chapter introductions, headnotes, and suggested readings.

  • New! In Chapter 1, an exclusive essay by Kate Haulman examines the evolution of the field of women's history and the state of women's history today.
  • New! Chapter 2 now focuses on Native American women, while a new Chapter 3 covers witches and their accusers in New England and the Salem witch trials.
  • New! Chapter 6 draws on recent scholarship on the roles of ordinary and elite women in the numerous reform movements of the Early Republic.
  • Revised! Chapter 7 rethinks and refocuses the text's coverage of women's roles in slavery and the Civil War, and more directly addresses the lives of African American women during and after slavery.
  • New! Post-1960 coverage (in Chapters 15-16) has been thoroughly revised to highlight the women's movement, women's health, recent immigration, and economic changes affecting women.

Table of Contents

1. Current Issues in American Women's History

Kate Haulman, Defining "American Women's History"
Gisela Bock, Challenging Dichotomies in Women's History
Leslie M. Alexander, Rethinking the Position of Black Women in American Women's History
Antonia I. Castañeda, Women of Color and the Rewriting of Western History

2. Native American Women

1. The French Explorer Samuel de Champlain Describes the Lives of Huron Women and Men in the Great Lakes Region, 1616
2. Mary Musgrove Assists the Georgians in Dealing with the Choctaws, 1734
3. Mary Musgrove Seeks Aid from Georgia in Return for Past Service and Losses, 1747
4. The Moravian Missionary John Heckewelder Observes Delaware Indian Families in the Mid-18th Century
5. The Captive John Tanner in 1830 Recalls His Foster Mother, Net-no-kwa, an Ottawa, in the 1790s
Michele Gillespie, Mary Musgrove and the Sexual Politics of Race and Gender in Georgia
Bruce M. White, Gender Roles in the Ojibwa Fur Trade

3. Witches and Their Accusers in Seventeenth-Century New England

1. Elizabeth Godman Sues Her Neighbors for Accusing Her of Being a Witch, 1653
2. Elizabeth Godman Is Tried for Witchcraft, 1655
3. Bridget Bishop Is Convicted of Witchcraft, 1692
4. The "Casco Girls" Accuse George Burroughs, 1692
John Putnam Demos, The Characteristics of Accused Witches
Mary Beth Norton, The Accusers of George Burroughs

4. The Economic Roles of Early American Women

1. Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, a Wealthy Philadelphian, Describes Her Work and That of Other Women, 1758-1794
2. Colonel Landon Carter Complains about his Female Slaves, 1771-1773
3. George Washington Lists His Slaves, 1786
4. George Washington Assigns Work to his Slaves, 1786-1788
5. Eulalia Perez Recalls her Work in a Mission in Spanish California Early in the Nineteenth Century, 1877
Carole Shammas, The Work of Enslaved Women on Virginia Plantations
Karin Wulf, Women's Work in Colonial Philadelphia
Virginia Marie Bouvier, Women's Work in California's Spanish Missions

5. The Impact of the American Revolution

1. Abigail and John Adams Discuss "Remembering the Ladies," 1776
2. The Merchants Taylor & Duffin Report Molly Brant's Opinions and Actions, 1778
3. The Loyalist Daniel Claus Assesses Molly Brant's Influence, 1779
4. The Patriot Esther DeBerdt Reed Describes "The Sentiments of An American Woman," 1780
5. Thomas Jefferson's Slaves Join the British, 1781
6. Sarah Osborn, a Camp Follower, Recalls the Revolution, 1837
Mary Beth Norton, The Positive Impact of the American Revolution on White Women
Jacqueline Jones, The Mixed Legacy of the American Revolution for African American Women
James Taylor Carson, Molly Brant's War

6. Women's Activism in the Early Republic

1. Mrs. Isabella Graham Addresses Members of the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children, April 1800; and Their Daughters (Volunteer Teachers), April 1806
2. The Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women Meets in New York City, May 10-11, 1837
3. The American Female Moral Reform Society Warns Mothers about the "Solitary Vice," 1839
4. The Declaration of Sentiments, 1848
5. Elizabeth McClintock and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Defend the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention, 1848
6. Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey's Lady's Book, Praises Women's Indirect Political Influence, 1852
Julie Jeffrey, Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement
Nancy Isenberg, Women's Rights and the Politics of Church and State in Antebellum America
Anne M. Boylan, Women's Organizations in New York and Boston

7. African American Women and Slavery

1. Lucinda, a Free Woman, Asks to be Reenslaved, 1813
2. "A Colored Woman" from Connecticut Implores Other Free Black Women to Sign Antislavery Petitions, 1839
3. Mary Still, a Prominent Black Abolitionist, and Other Free Women in Philadelphia Form "the Female Publication Society" to Promote the Moral Uplift of Free and Enslaved African Americans, 1861
4. Rose Williams Recalls Her Forced Marriage in the 1860s to Rufus, Another Slave, 1937
5. Mrs Virginia Hayes Shepherd Reminisces about Her Enslaved Mother and Diana, an Enslaved Neighbor, 1937
Thelma Jennings, The Sexual Exploitation of Enslaved Women
Shirley Yee, Northern Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement
Loren Schweninger, Free Women of Color in the South

8. White Women in the Civil War Crisis

1. Ada Bacot, a Confederate Nurse, Comments on Two Wounded Yankees, 1862
2. Maria Daly, a New Yorker, Criticizes Southern Women and Records the War Work of her Acquaintances, 1862
3. The Louisianian Sarah Morgan Proudly Proclaims Herself a Rebel, 1863
4. A Union Nurse, Cornelia Hancock, Describes the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
5. Caroline Kirkland Offers "A Few Words in Behalf of the Loyal Women of the United States," 1863
6. Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas Describes Conditions in the Confederacy and Criticizes Northern Women, 1865
7. Mary Livermore Recalls Northern Women's Response to the Beginning of the Civil War, 1890
LeeAnn Whites, Southern White Women and the Burdens of War
Jeanie Attie, Northern White Women and the Mobilization for War

9. Women in the Trans-Mississippi Frontier West

1. Susan Shelby Magoffin Describes Life in Santa Fe, 1846
2. A Citizen Protests the Rape of Indian Women in California, 1862
3. Bills of Sale of Chinese Prostitutes, 1875
4. Zitkala-Sa Travels to the Land of the Big Red Apples, 1884
5. Mrs. A.M. Green Gives an Account of Frontier Life in Colorado, 1887
6. Violet Cragg, Ex-Slave and Former Army Nurse, Requests an Army Pension, 1908
Judy Yung, Chinese Women in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
Deena J. Gonzalez, The Life and Legend of Gertrudis Barcelo in Ninteenth Century Santa Fe

10. Women's Work and Work Cultures in Modern America, 1890-1920s

1. Rose Cohen Describes Her First Job in New York City, 1892
2. Fannie Barrier Williams Describes the "Problem of Employment for Negro Women," 1903
3. Harriet Brunkhurst Laments the Home Problems of "Business Girls," 1910
4. The New York Times Reports on the Tragedy of the Triangle Factory Fire, 1911
5. The Vice Commission of Chicago Reports on the Working Conditions in Department Stores that Lead Female Employees into Prostitution, 1911
Daniel E. Bender, Women Workers and Sexual Harassment in the Garment Industry
Elizabeth Clark Lewis, Community Life and Work Culture Among African-American Domestic Workers in Washington, D.C.

11. The "New Woman" in Public Life and Politics, 1900-1930

1. Mary Church Terrell Praises the Club Work of Colored Women, 1901
2. Mary Church Terrell Describes Lynching from a Negro's Point of View, 1904
3. The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds a Maximum Hours Law for Working Women in Muller v. Oregon, 1908
4. Margaret Dreier Robins Describes the Purposes of the Women's Trade Union League, 1909
5. Jane Addams Applauds the "Beginnings of a New Conscience" Regarding the "Ancient Evil" of Prostitution, 1912
6. Inez Haynes Irwin Recalls the Militancy of Suffragists in the National Woman's Party, 1921
7. Elsie Hill and Florence Kelly take Opposing Positions on a Proposed Woman's Equal Rights Bill, 1922
8. Elsie Hill Explains Why Women Should Have Full Legal Equality
9. Florence Kelly Explains Her Opposition to Full Legal Equality
10. Margaret Sanger Publishes Letters Documenting American Wives and Husbands' Urgent Need for Legal Birth Control, 1928
Kathryn Kish Sklar, Differences in the Political Cultures of Men and Women Reformers during the Progressive Era
Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Diplomats to the White Community: African-American Women in Progressive-Era North Carolina

12. Women in America During the Great Depression and New Deal

1. The New York Times Reports, "Destitute Women on Increase Here," 1932
2. Anne Marie Low Records Her Feelings on Life in the Dust Bowl, 1934
3. Dorothy Dunbar Bromley Comments on Birth Control and the Depression, 1934
4. Lydia Mendoza, the First Star of Tejano Music, Recalls her Early Career during the Depression, 1993
5. Eleanor Roosevelt Urges "Better Understanding and Cooperation of Both the White and Negro Races," 1936
6. Eleanor Roosevelt Applauds the Repeal of the Married Persons Clause of the Economy Act, 1937
7. P'ing Yu Publicizes A Shameful Demonstration of Racism among White Clubwomen in California, 1937
8. Louise Mitchell Denounces the "Slave Markets" Where Domestics are Hired in New York City, 1940
Elaine S. Abelson, Women and Homelessness in the Great Depression, 1930-1934
Andrea Tone, Women, Birth Control, and the Marketplace in the 1930s

13. Women and the Disputed Meanings of Gender, Race, and Sexuality during World War II

1. Mary McLeod Bethune Urges President Roosevelt to Turn to Qualified Negro Women for Help in the War Effort, 1940
2. Mrs. Norma Yerger Queen Reports on the Problems of Employed Mothers in Utah, 1944
3. The Challenges of Maintaining the Health, Discipline, and Morale of the Women's Army Corps in North Africa and the Mediterranean during World War II
4. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston Remembers her Girlhood at Manzanar during World War II, 1973
Megan Taylor Shockley, African American Women, Citizenship, and Workplace Democracy during World War I
Valerie Matsumoto, Japanese American Women During World War II
Leisa D. Meyer, The Regulation of Sexuality and Sexual Behavior in the Women's Army Corps during World War II

14. Women and Gender in Cold War America

1. Louise Randall Church Explores the Duties of Parents as Architects of Peace, 1946
2. Psychiatrist Marynia F. Farnham and Sociologist Fedinand Lundberg Denounce Modern Woman as the "Lost Sex," 1947
3. African American Pauli Murray Explains why Negro Girls Stay Single, 1947
4. Nonconformist Joyce Johnson Recounts Her Experience in Obtaining an Illegal Abortion in New York City, 1955
5. A Letter to the Editor of The Ladder from an African-American Lesbian, 1957
6. Betty Friedan Reveals the "Problem that Has No Name," 1963
Joanne Meyerowitz, Competing Images of Women in Postwar Mass Culture
Rickie Solinger, Women and The Politics of Hospital Abortion Committees, 1950-1970

15. Feminist Activism, Social Change, and Conservative Reaction, 1960-1990

1. Casey Hayden and Mary King Offer "A Kind of Memo," to Women in the Peace and Freedom Movements, 1965
2. NOW Issues its Statement of Purpose, 1966
3. Frances Beale Analyzes the "Double Jeopardy" of Being Black and Female, 1970
4. Mirta Vidal Reports on "The Rising Consciousness of the Chicana About Her Special Oppression," 1971
5. The Equal Rights Amendment, 1972
6. "We Are Trying to Find a Way to Have Our Babies Safely and with Dignity" The Boston Women's Health Collective, 1973
7. The Supreme Court Legalizes Abortion in Roe v. Wade, 1973
8. Lindsy Van Gelder Reports on "The World Series of Sex-Discrimination Suits," 1978
9. Connaught C. Marshner Explains What Social Conservatives Really Want, 1988
Alicia Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers
Nancy MacLean, Uncovering the History of Working Women and Affirmative Action in the 1970s
Wendy Kline, Women Readers and the Feminist Health Movement in the 1970s and 1980s

16. Women, Social Change, and Reaction from the 1990s to the New Millennium

1. Anita Hill's Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1991
2. The Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Rights and State Regulation in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992
3. Gloria Anzaldua Speaks About Her Identity as a Borderland Chicana, 1999
4. First and Second Generation Immigrant Women Speak of Living Between Cultures, 2000
5. Asma Gull Hasan, Pakistani-American
6. Kyoko Mori, Japanese-American
7. Jamala McFadden Tells Her Story of Welfare Assistance in the 1990s, 2002
8. Rebecca Walker Offers an Interview about "Riding the Third Wave," 2005
9. Ms. Magazine Reports on the Five Rights Women Could Lose, 2005
Gwendolyn Mink, Feminists and the Politics of Welfare Reform in the 1990s
Estelle B. Freedman, No Turning Back: Women and Politics