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The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History Paperback – October 15, 1999
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Presented in encyclopedia format, with articles ranging from "Abolitionist Movement" to "YWCA," this hefty book provides a vast amount of material, both factual and interpretive. The editors, which include such icons as Gloria Steinem and the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller, give a broad overview of issues relevant to feminist history and present material that will further debates about the role played by women in American history. The Reader's Companion offers a strongly feminist interpretation, and some would no doubt argue that many of the pieces are not so much history as arguments for social reform. That said, the reference's nearly exhaustive coverage (there are more than 400 articles) makes the book a valuable resource. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grade 7 Up-More than 300 scholars, activists, and writers have contributed to this alphabetically arranged cross-cultural guide. In addition to the clear, descriptive entries, there are many longer evaluative essays. These narratives are written by those who have defined the field such as legal scholar Catharine A. MacKinnon, who writes on feminist jurisprudence; Judy Yung on Japanese and Korean picture brides; and Letty Cottin Pogrebin on Jewish feminism. A general article on feminism is followed by numerous shorter pieces ("Arab American Feminism," "Cultural Feminism," "Ecofeminism," etc.). Major historical events are freshly interpreted, and erased or forgotten events are brought to the fore. Entries are cross-referenced. Well-selected black-and-white photographs occasionally highlight a point in the more than 400 articles. Easily a cornerstone of any women's history collection, this ready-reference book makes fascinating reading, whether the subject is "Mother's Day" or "Lynching," "Explorers" or "Household Workers" (paid and unpaid), or controversial issues involving the Constitution or immigration.
Mary H. Cole, Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.