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Carol Berkin is Professor of History at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of First Generations: Women in Colonial America, co-author of Making America: A History of the United States, and co-editor of Women of America: A History and Women, War, and Revolution. She lives in New York City. Leslie Horowitz is a Ph. D. candidate in American history at Cornell University. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Synopsis: This book offers a wealth of primary sources on women's experiences in colonial American. Carol Berkin and Leslie Horowitx gather together a broad spectrum of documents that crosscuts race, class, and region, presenting the voices of African American, European, and Native American women, the rich and the poor, and the women in the south, the middle colonies and New England. (from the back of the book)
Review: This book appeared in the bibliography of every single book I've read on women in colonial America. I figured, I should read it. I'm glad I did. Organized by subjects, each chapter each chapter beings with a short exposition of the subject and the general overview. It's followed by reprints of a variety of documents, each with a short explanation. This makes it easy to understand what you are reading, as colonial English can be a bit challenging to the modern reader. I enjoyed Berkin and Horowitz opinions, and the way they attempted to included everyone, not just the white elite. They were honest about the lack of documents from Native American and Negro sources, doing their best to include what they had. I recommend this book as a good starting point for study about colonial females.
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