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A history of the oft-marginalized sex must often draw from diaries and journals, which were disproportionally written by whites; as a result, African-American and Native American women are not as well represented as white in the earlier chapters of America's Women. However, Gail Collins writes about women of many races and ethnicities, and in fact provides more information about Native Americans, African-Americans, and Chinese, Jewish, and Italian immigrants than some general U.S. history books. She writes about rich and poor, young and old, urban and rural, slave and slave-owner, athlete and aviatrix, president's wife and presidential candidate--and, of course, men and women. And some of these women--from the justly famous, like Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, to the undeservedly obscure, like Elizabeth Eckford and Senator Margaret Chase Smith--will not only make any woman proud to be a woman, they will make any American proud to be American.
An editor at the New York Times, Gail Collins has also written Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics and, with Dan Collins, The Millennium Book. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is exceptionally well written.
While I may not cite all kinds of wonderful information like all the other people who have reviewed this, I can honestly say this is one of the best books I ever read.
If you are at all interested in a women's role in American history, this is a good book to start with.
Love this book. It helps explain why American women are strong and very unique compared to other countries. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by caralyn lipschutz
As an avid history fan of American History, this is probably this best one I've read lately! I am having the most enjoyable read I've had in years! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Macy721
Gail Collins, one of my favorite columnists, has written a book that explains women were an integral part of the settling of the New World. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rusty Wilson
A light read across an extensive swathe of American history, telling the story of the nation's maturation through a long neglected lens. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sabrina Dent
I wish I had known all this before! Although I considered myself a feminist in the 70's, I was not aware of the generations of women before me who had paved the way. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Natalie Bolhoefer
Liked it til the end. 400 years should of had some 80's in it very informative and insightful would recommend.Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
This was an unusual book in that it detailed what the lives of everyday women were like and the personal challenges they faced; for instance, how did they bathe, what did they use... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kathleen McCaddon
I learned so much about our history. I loved it! We've come a long way. I recommend to men or women for reading.Published 5 days ago by Vicki L. Smith
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of the ordinary, work-a-day women through out our history. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Librarydragon