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Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documents Third Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0312676032
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Ellen Carol DuBois is Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. DuBois is the author of Feminism and Suffrage:  The Emergence of an Independent Women’s Movement in America, 1848-1969; Harriot Stanton Blatch and the Winning of Women’s Suffrage (winner of the 1998 Joan Kelly Price Award from the American Historical Association); and Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights.  Her current women’s history work focuses on international feminist politics in the interwar years.
 
Lynn Dumenil is Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History at Occidental College. Dumenil has written The Modern Temper:  American Culture and Society in the 1920s and Freemasonry and American Culture: 1880-1930. She is editor in chief of the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Third edition (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312676034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312676032
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I should state upfront that I am that rare bird who enjoys reading well-written history books, even if that book is a textbook, which this book is. If you are interested in women's history in America, you will find many inspiring contributions of American women from all ethnicities and social statuses. I enjoy learning about the women who are motivated to make a difference, but I also have a vested interest as an aspiring historical fiction writer. For example, the setting in the novel I am working on now is a settlement house in Boston at the turn of the 20th century, and I have read about extensively about those at this point. Even though the entry on settlement houses (Jane Addams established one of the first managed by females in Chicago called Hull House) was only a few pages, it documented women's role in growing the settlement house movement and mentioned something I hadn't come across yet: all-black settlement houses were established in both the North and South. Now, I have further reference points to explore in my background research (the benefit of academic books). The book covers the role of women during the Revolution, the actions activist black women took on during Emancipation, the indigenous women who fought to protect their tribes during Western Expansion, women in the industrializing labor force, and the feminist movement to name just a few topics in the textbook. I have discovered several new lines of deeper inquiry regarding women in American history. From a research perspective, the primary source material and further reading is especially valuable as are the images, photographs, and maps. If you are teaching America history in a high school, I would recommend using this text to enrich the history your students are learning.Read more ›
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History textbooks can be so dense and difficult to get through, which is a shame considering what an interesting subject history is. This book was used for a class I took in women's history and the chapter readings were something I found myself looking forward to. The topics covered and the way they're presented is clear and intelligent instead of stuffy and dense. The material is delivered in a way that it is entertaining and accessible. The photographs and letters and even the old advice columns included in the "documents" that are part of this book make it easy to see what life was like for women in different time periods without simply having it told to us. It was a great way to get a more personal feel for their experiences and make the connection between the women of our past and the women of our present and future. I learned a great deal about familiar events from the very different perspective of the women involved, as well as how the same events affected various races of women differently, which is a subject that has been largely ignored in most of my history classes and probably most history classes in general. It's rare I want to hang onto a textbook after a class is finished, but this is one I'm definitely keeping. I'd recommend it as a textbook, but also as a book to pick up if you want to learn more about the history of women in the United States, though it is pricey for casual reading. A used copy would be a great addition to anyone's collection.
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Bought this book for school at the local community college. The stories were pretty incredible. Definitely learned a lot. The book was well written and full of information. I wish I had read it sooner!
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By AZach on December 2, 2013
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I used this book for a college course in women's history in the US. I thought the book was very well written and documented. You'll learn a lot about women in US history since the Civil War; multiple perspectives from many ethnic backgrounds.
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I read this text for a Women in U.S. History class that I just finished. I loved the way the chapters are set up. Though each chapter is fairly long, subjects are divided into shorter sections that make note taking easy.
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I am currently using this book as the primary textbook for a women's history course. I appreciate the fact that the authors combined typical summaries of the periods covered, but they also include document and visual primary sources. It's a great buy for the students having all in one book.
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I loved this book. I learned so much about the plight of women. I needed this book for class, however, I will not sale this book. I enjoyed it that much. It was well written, and for a History book, it will keep you very interested and engaged. I really think men and women would enjoy this book.
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A book which goes well with the course we used it for, Women's Studies 210G at NM State's Dona Ana Community College, it covers the fight for women's equality from the 1500's, a time when many Indigenous women were sadly raped in the " Name of Christ"; to the American and UK Women's Suffrage Movement and the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973. I highly recommend reading it and feel that it should be " required reading material" for Governor McCrory of North Carolina, a right-winger who abolished women's studies programs in NC's state universities.
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