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Women's America: Refocusing the Past Paperback – July 9, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0195388329 ISBN-10: 0195388321 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7 edition (July 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195388321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195388329
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliantly and evocatively, Kerber, De Hart, and Dayton have once again presented a probing and comprehensive picture of women's experience in America. An indispensable book."--William H. Chafe, Duke University


"Women's America is the ideal text to introduce students to U.S. Women's History. . . . The newest edition features innovative photographic essays to offer guidance for students in interpreting visual primary sources. This is one anthology that really does do it all!"--Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Ohio State University


"The new addition of documentary photographic essays encourages the reader to engage both visual culture and contemporary commentary, bringing women's history to life in relevant ways. Spanning the range of women's experiences across race and class, this impassioned collection is a must-have for teaching and learning women's history."--Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Smith College


"Now in its seventh edition, this long-respected text is a gift to teachers of undergraduate courses in U.S. women's history. . . . It is the perfect instrument for the survey course."--Cynthia Harrison, George Washington University


"This seventh edition of Women's America provides a very good mix of documents, essays, images, and other resources. . . . The selections, which represent some of the finest current and earlier work in the field, are engaging and thought-provoking and should stimulate many discussions and debates and encourage students to do further research."--Maureen Nutting, Seattle Community College


About the Author


Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa. She is the author of several books, including No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies (1999) and Toward an Intellectual History of Women (1997). She has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Sherron De Hart is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-author of Sex, Gender, and ERA: A State and the Nation (OUP, 1990), and winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award (1991), she specializes in twentieth-century issues of gender, politics, and policy. She is currently completing a study of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that blends biography and legal history.

Cornelia Hughes Dayton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. The author of Women Before the Bar (1995), she is currently writing a book about the life stories of those with mental disorders and their caretakers in eighteenth-century America. She recently launched a new website supplementing her essay "Taking the Trade" about a 1740s abortion trial.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have used various editions of this book for the past four years in teaching a women's history course at a college-preparatory, single-sex independent high school. I have found this to be an incredibly complete anthology and the new edition is even better than the previous ones. My only complaint about the new edition is that the editors -- both renowned historians in the field -- on a few occasions shortened the articles to the point that the context needed to understand them was missing. However, because of the brevity of the articles, it is the perfect anthology for an introductory course.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Rose on April 30, 2006
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I originally purchased this book for a college course; now it sits on my bookshelf, never to be resold. I rarely have enjoyed reading for my classes, but this book not only captures the heart of the female struggles throughout history--it gives examples of the women who lived them.

This book presents the reader with an in-depth analysis of women's traditional roles and their active fight for change while explaining the conditions that determined the feminine experience in different historical periods. But the best benefit of the book was actually learning, and realizing, that the world that my generation (the 20 somethings) was born into is radically different from that of females 50, 40, 30, 20, and even 10 years before us. I realize now that many freedoms I take for granted should be cherished, and more freedoms should be fought for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sol Y Luna on December 19, 2009
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I read about a quarter of this book for a Gender Studies and History class. This book comprises very little of the author's own interpretation of women in history and instead comprises more of many scholarly journals written by people who have studied women in American history. The book also has many interesting primary documents in its contexts like Anne Hutchinson's trial and documents for some of the first unions and societies for reform. Many of the journals were based on many interesting topics. I found that the journal about women and women relationships in the 1800s was very interesting and gave a clear insight into culture and acceptable behavior during the Victorian era. Though some of the journals were a bit dry, I am going to keep this book around for a good reference.
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By Patrick Benko on December 31, 2013
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Interesting text book. Not really like a typical textbook, its mostly independent essays/short stories about the United States greatest women activist and women who helped changed America for the better. I took Womens History in the United States of America, and our Professor used this book, it was fun College Class overall, the textbook had some memorable readings. Only gets 3 out of stars because it was still a textbook for school. Better than expected tho!
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I needed this book for my class the book is very interesting and informative. I'm renting it until December 2013.
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By Barcelona on September 5, 2012
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My book arrived in wonderful condition, even faster than I expected (there was a one day delay due to a holiday) I am very pleased with the efficiency and in receiving exactly what was described.
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