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Published: 30 July 2021

288 Pages | 71

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197522349

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American Women

A Concise History

Author Susan Ware

  • Highlights the diversity and intersectionality of American women's experiences as continually shaped by factors such as race, class, religion, geographical location, age, sexual identity and gender expression, among others.
  • The narrative never loses sight of the "real" women who make American history happen. These flesh-and-blood historical actors enrich and complicate the traditional story while confirming that women have been central to American history from the start.
  • Draws attention to those moments when differences between women, such as white slaveholding women and black female slaves, or native-born social workers and their immigrant clients, call out for contrasting perspectives.
  • Without downplaying the historical constraints and barriers blocking women's advancement, the text continually emphasizes women as active agents rather than passive victims in a variety of contexts throughout U.S. history.
  • Links women's stories to larger themes, while at the same time often challenging them. For example, traditional markers such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II are not necessarily the most useful concepts for organizing women's history and thus have not been deployed here. With women's stories fully integrated into the broader national story, the end is a richer understanding of American history in all its complexity, including its transnational and global dimensions.
  • Each chapter includes four primary-source excerpts ("Documenting American Women").
  • Vivid, full color design includes over 70 illustrations.
  • Concise format and low price makes American Women ideally suited for a variety of course settings.
  • The text is also available as an enhanced eBook that includes quizzes, flashcards, "Closer Look" videos, and other learning resources.
  • A course cartridge with PowerPoint slides and a test-item file is available to adopters at