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Modern American Women: A Documentary History 2nd Edition
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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_.
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.Read more ›