- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444331183
- ISBN-13: 978-1444331189
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
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Women in American History to 1880: A Documentary Reader 1st Edition
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“Carol Faulkner has assembled a vivid patchwork of American voices with an elegant, inclusive design. Readers will follow three centuries of women's progress and protest, gaining a comprehensive first-hand understanding of the scope of American female experience.”
Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
“Using an impressive range of source material and offering thought-provoking discussion questions, Carol Faulkner’s documentary reader reflects the diversity of women’s experiences and calls attention to the centrality of women in American history.”
Anya Jabour, editor of Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children and author of Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children.
“By selecting documents that range from the English colonies to French Louisiana and Spanish New Mexico, Carol Faulkner offers readers a fascinating array of early American women's lives: Indian and African American women; Catholic and Protestant women; plebian, middling, and elite women; and girls as well as adult women. Her brisk introduction raises provocative questions about women's varied roles in early America, and encourages students to see their experiences as foundational to American history.”
Ann M. Little, Colorado State University
From the Back Cover
Women in American History to 1880 presents a collection of primary source documents that illuminate the rich diversity of women’s experiences from the colonial period through Reconstruction. Carefully chosen readings reveal the simultaneous processes of constructing gender and national identity, and examine how women viewed colonization, slavery, the American Revolution, industrialization, sectional conflict, and emancipation from very different -- and often clashing -- religious, ethnic, racial, and national perspectives. The readings show not only how politicians, businessmen, and writers utilized abstract images of women as symbols for a variety of causes, but also reveal the ways in which many women articulated their own political perspectives.
With images, poems, newspaper articles, and personal letters, many of which are collected here for the first time, Women in American History to 1880 illuminates the ways women contributed to and challenged the gender roles that emerged with the young nation and helped shape America’s future national identity.