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Modern American Women: A Documentary History Paperback – July 27, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072418200 ISBN-10: 0072418206 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 2nd edition (July 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072418206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072418200
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Ware specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history and the history of American Women. The author of 'Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism'(1993); 'Partner and I: Molly Dewson, Feminism, and New Deal Politics'(1987); Holding Their Own: American Women in the 1930s'(1982); and 'Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal'(1981), Ware taught in the history department of New York University from 1986-1995 and served as an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College from 1996-1997. She is currently an independent scholar based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By doc peterson VINE VOICE on August 31, 2003
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Susan Ware's documentary history of women in the 20th century has some great material, but very little of it is ground-breaking, and much of it is a rather narrow representation of the female experience. There are the ubiquitous documents and accounts of the Progressivism and the suffrage movement, the impact of the Great Depression and World War Two on the home, and the "birth" of feminism in the late 1950s and 1960s, through to material on the sexual revolution of the 80s. Frankly, I was a bit diasppointed.

As a history teacher, I am regularly appalled at the relative lack of attention that women in history are given. If one were to judge by the materials in this book, women have not had much influence in America. Obviously this is not the case, hence my rating. Furthermore, women of color are not well represented, nor are the experiences of immigrants, rural women, and similar groups. Ware's anthology is primarily comprised of the experiences of white, urban women. A strength of the book are its 3 "photo essays", depicting the obstacles women faced in the workplace, at home, and in education.

In my opinion, better books on the subject are Rosalyn Baxandall's _America's Working Women_ and Gerda Lerner's _The Female Experience_.
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By Chynna on September 28, 2012
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Just one of MANY of my favorite quotes within the book: "It will have to do away with the absurd notion of the dualism of the sexes, or that man and women represent two antagonistic worlds." - Emma Goldman (pg. 92)

I took a college course this past summer on "History of Women in the US - 1870 to present" which had this book as the main required text. I truly loved how it was set up. Each Part (I: 1890-1920, II: 1920-1963, III: 1963-2002) has a brief history of the time period, which then follows with 4 to 5 Chapters with 5 to 8 sub-portions, complete with introductory paragraphs and then the actual text of the story, letter and/or article that was published of that time (ranging from 2-5 pages)-- For a lovely grand total of 360 pages, not including index/preface.

Cover shows an image of Amelia Earhart, whom ironically isn't mentioned much within the text. However, the very first entry is of Nellie Bly, a traveler of the 'Around the World in 80 days' challenge in 1889; she was Earhart's predecessor by about 40 years-- although Earhart achieved greater aeronautic advances for allotments in piloting for women. Letters and stories range throughout the time period (1870 til 2002), from a long influential list of women such as: Nellie Bly, Ida B. Wells, Frances Willard, Molly Dewson, Jane Addams, Alice Hamilton, Elizabeth Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, Doris Stevens, Emma Goldman, Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger, Rosa Parks, Marrisa Navarro, Eve Ensler, Phyllis Schafley, Helen Gurley Brown, and Anita Hill; just to name a few ;) Among many others. Articles that also came from news releases about: The Feminine Mystique, Roe v Wade, Brown v Board of Education, Plessey v Ferguson, along with columns from a variety of newspapers and other press releases.
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