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Women's America, Volume 1

Refocusing the Past

Seventh Edition

Linda K. Kerber, Linda K. Kerber, Cornelia Dayton, Cornelia Dayton, Jane Sherron De Hart, and Jane Sherron De Hart

Publication Date - July 2010

ISBN: 9780195388336

400 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95


Featuring a mix of primary source documents, articles, and illustrations, Women's America: Refocusing the Past has long been an invaluable resource. Now in its seventh edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent events in American women's history.

New to this Edition

  • 33% new selections: Two extended photo essays: "Women in Public" and "Adorning the Body"
  • New design: provides a clearer distinction between essays, documents, and photo essays
  • Available for the first time in 2-volume splits: presents more flexibility for two-semester courses

About the Author(s)

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.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2003
November 1999
March 1995

Table of Contents

    PART I: EARLY AMERICA: 1600-1820
    Sara Evans, The First American Women
    Jennifer L. Morgan, "Some Could Suckle over Their Shoulder:" European Depictions of Indigenous Women, 1492-1750
    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, The Ways of Her Household
    DOCUMENT The Law of Domestic Relations: Marriage, Divorce, Dower
    Examples from Colonial Connecticut
    Mary Beth Norton, "Searchers again Assembled:" Gender Distinctions in Seventeenth-Century America
    DOCUMENT The Trial of Anne Hutchinson, 1637
    "What law have I broken?"
    Carol F. Karlsen, The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: The Economic Basis of Witchcraft
    Carol Berkin, African American Women in Colonial Society
    DOCUMENTS The Law of Slavery and Freedom
    Virginia Establishes a Double Standard in Tax Law
    "According to the condition of the mother . . ."
    "For prevention of that abominable mixture . . ."
    A Massachusetts Minister's Slave Marriage Vows
    Ann M. Little, Captivity and Conversion: Daughters of New England in French Canada
    Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Taking the Trade: Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England Village
    DOCUMENTS Supporting the Revolution
    "The ladies going about for money exceeded everything . . ."
    Sarah Osborn, "The bullets would not cheat the gallows . . ."
    Rachel Wells, "I have Don as much to Carrey on the Warr as maney . . ."
    Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemings-Jefferson Treaty: Paris, 1789
    Linda K. Kerber, The Republican Mother and the Woman Citizen: Contradictions and Choices in Revolutionary America
    DOCUMENTS The Testimony of Slave Women
    Maria Perkins, "I am quite heartsick . . ."
    Rose, "Look for some others for to 'plenish de earth"
    Sharon Block, Lines of Color, Sex, and Service: Sexual Coercion in the Early Republic
    Jeanne Boydston, The Pastoralization of Housework
    DOCUMENT Working Conditions in Early Factories, 1845
    "She complained of the hours for labor being too many . . ."
    Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century America
    James C. Mohr, Abortion in America
    Maureen Fitzgerald, Habits of Compassion: Irish American Nuns in New York City
    Susan Zaeske, Signatures of Citizenship: Debating Women's Antislavery Petitions
    DOCUMENTS Claiming Rights I
    Sarah and Angelina Grimké: The Connection between Religious Faith, Abolition, and Women's Rights
    Keziah Kendall, "What I have suffered, I cannot tell you"
    Photo Essay: Women in Public
    Gerda Lerner, The Meanings of Seneca Falls, 1848-1998
    DOCUMENTS Claiming Rights II
    Declaration of Sentiments, 1848
    Married Women's Property Acts, New York State, 1848, 1860
    DOCUMENT Sojourner Truth's carte de visite
    Rose Stremlau, "I Know What an Indian Woman can Do:" Sarah Winnemucca Writes about Rape on the Northern Paiute Frontier
    Drew Gilpin Faust, Enemies in Our Households: Confederate Women and Slavery
    DOCUMENTS Counterfeit Freedom
    A. S. Hitchcock, "Young women particularly flock back & forth . . ."
    Roda Ann Childs, "I was more dead than alive"
    Tera W. Hunter, Reconstruction and the Meanings of Freedom
    DOCUMENTS After the Civil War: Reconsidering the Law Reconstruction Amendments, 1868, 1870
    Coger v. The North Western Union Packet Company, Supreme Court of Iowa, 1873
    Bradwell v. Illinois, 1873
    Comstock Act, 1873
    Minor v. Happersett, 1874
    Page Act, 1875
    Barbara Sicherman, Reading Little Women: The Many Lives of a Text
    DOCUMENT The Women's Centennial Agenda, 1876
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, "Guaranteed to us and our daughters forever"

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