Modern American Women: A Documentary History

Modern American Women: A Documentary History

2nd Edition

By Susan Ware

  • Copyright: 2002

  • Publication Date: Jul 27 2001

  • ISBN 10: 0072418206

  • ISBN 13: 9780072418200

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A collection of primary source documents for the American women's history course, 'Modern American Women: A Documentary History' focuses on events and developments involving women from 1890 to the pre

A collection of primary source documents for the American women's history course, 'Modern American Women: A Documentary History' focuses on events and developments involving women from 1890 to the present. New material includes documents on anti-lynching activism and Indian relocation, excerpts from 'The Vagina Monologues' by Eve Ensler, expanded chapters on 'Sexuality and the Body' and 'The State of the Movement for Women's Equality'. New part introductions provide historical context for and identify key themes that emerge from the documents in each of the book's three parts while headnotes, suggestions for further reading and photo essays supplement this already thorough and intimate look at women's history in the 20th century.

  • Language: English – lower case

  • Imprint: McGraw-Hill College

  • Dimension: 5.9 x 9

  • Page Count: 384

New Features

  • Introductions identify and provide a historical context for the key themes that emerge from the documents in each of the book's three parts.
  • Chapter 1 includes a new document by Ida Wells regarding anti-lynching activism.
  • New material on Indian relocation, written by Wilma Mankiller, is included in Chapter 9.
  • Chapter 12, which focuses on female sexuality and the female body, has been expanded to include excerpts from Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.
  • The book's final chapter, which focuses on the state of the movement for women's equality, has been expanded.
  • Chapter openers provide a short, historical introduction to the impact and importance of each time period as well as a summary of key issues to be discussed and documented in the chapter's selections. These openers help students place documents in a historical context.
  • New authors include Katie Rolphe, Jennifer Baumgardner, and Amy Richards.

Key Features

  • Headnotes at the beginning of each piece provide historical context, biographical information about the author and present a strong basis for discussion for the instructor.
  • Suggestions for further readings conclude each part of the book.
  • Photo essays provide visual illustrations of the themes and issues in each part of the book. Lengthy captions further supplement this material.

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PART ONE: MODERN WOMEN IN THE MAKING, 1890-1920

1 Visions of the New Woman

?Girl Reporter Derring-Do (Nellie Bly); The Fair Women, Chicago, 1893 (Bertha Palmer); Blac

Table of Contents

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PART ONE: MODERN WOMEN IN THE MAKING, 1890-1920

1 Visions of the New Woman

?Girl Reporter Derring-Do (Nellie Bly); The Fair Women, Chicago, 1893 (Bertha Palmer); Black Women Plan to Lead Their Race (Anna J. Cooper); Ida B. Wells Speaks Out Against Lynching; Frances Willard Equates Learning to Ride a Bicycle with Opening New Frontiers for Women; An Immigrant Daughter Awakens to the Possibilities of the New World (Anzia Yezierska); A Woman Homesteader (Edith Eudora Ammons)

2. Expanding Horizons for Educated Women

Jane Addams Struggles with the Problem of ?After College, What??; Alice Hamilton Explores the Dangerous Trades; African- American Women Enter the Teaching Profession (Mamie Garvin Fields); Molly Dewson?s Letters Home from Wellesley; Women and Progressive Politics (Mary Ritter Beard)

3. Women at Work

The Burdens of Rural Women?s Lives; Buffalobird Woman?s Story; The Harsh Conditions of Domestic Service; Female Perspectives on the Great Migration; The Story of a Glove Maker (Agnes Nestor); Working Women Write the Jewish Daily Forward

Photo Essay

4 Feminists, Anarchists, and Other Rebel Girls

Mother Jones Supports Striking Coalminers in Colorado; A Feminist Challenge to the Privatized Home (Charlotte Perkins Gilman); Wages for Housework (Josephine Conger-Kaneko); Margaret Sanger?s Epiphany Over Birth Control; A Radical View of Women?s Emancipation (Emma Goldman)

5 The Final Push for Suffrage

A Western Suffragist Talks to Her Eastern Sisters (Abigail Scott Duniway); Open-Air Meetings: A New Suffrage Tactic (Florence Luscomb); An Anti-Suffrage Monologue (Marie Jenny Howe); A Labor Organizer Speaks Out for Suffrage (Leonora O?Reilly); ?Front Door Lobbying? for Suffrage (Maud Wood Park); Suffrage Militant Alice Paul Goes to Jail

Suggestions for Further Reading

Part Two: Individual Choices, Collective Progress, 1920-1963

6 New Dilemmas for Modern Women

New Voters (Carrie Chapman Catt); Feminist Debate the Equal Rights Amendment (Doris Stevens and Alice Hamilton); Generational Conflicts (Dorothy Dunbar Bromley); Anxious Mothers Write the Children?s Bureau; Women of the Ku Klux Klan; The Harlem Renaissance (Nella Larsen)

7 Women Face the Depression

The Despair of Unemployed Women (Meridel Lesueur); American Women Ask Eleanor Roosevelt for Help The Dust Bowl (Ann Marie Low); The Life Cycle of a White Southern Farm Women (Margaret Jarman Hagood); A Mexican-American Childhood During the Depression (Carlotta Silvas Martin); Women and Labor Militancy (Genora Johnson Dollinger); ?I Want You Women Up North to Know? (Tillie Olsen)

Photo Essay

8 Rosie the Riveter and Other Wartime Women

Rosie the Riveter (Fanny Christina Hill); Women in the Armed Forces (Marion Stegeman); Wartime Migration (Harriette Arnow); Japanese Relocation (Monica Sone); Women of Wartime Los Alamos (Ruth Marshak)

9 The Fifties: The Way We Were?

Balancing Work and Family (Betty Jean Boggs); Indian Relocation (Wilma Mankiller); An Unplanned Pregnancy (Joanna Rubin); Women Strike for Peace (Ethel Barol Taylor); Civil Rights Activists (Rosa parks and Virginia Foster Durr); Rachel Carson Answers Her Critics

Suggestions for Further Reading

Part Three: The Personal Becomes Political, 1963 to the Present

10 The Revival of Feminism

Founding the National Organization for Women, 1966; Feminist Guerilla Theater, 1968 (Robin Morgan); The Politics of Housework (Pat Mainardi); Thoughts on Indian Feminism (Kate Shanley); Black Feminism (Combahee River Collective); A More Personal View of Black Feminism (Michele Wallace); Houston, 1977: A Different View of Women?s Nature (Phyllis Schlafly)

11 Women, Work, and Social Change

Clerical Workers Unite (Cathy Tuley); The Real ?Norma Rae? Tells Her Story (Crystal Lee Sutton); Hard-Hatted Women (Susan Eisenberg); Organizing the Farm Workers (Jessie Lopez De La Cruz); Women on Welfare (Johnnie Tillmon)

Photo Essay

12 Sexuality and the Body

Sex and the Single Girl (Helen Gurley Brown); Coming Out (Margaret Cruikshank); Sex and Sports (Mariah Burton Nelson); Becoming La Mujer (Marissa Navarro); Women and Disabilities (Nancy Mairs); The Voice of an Anorexic (Abra Fortune Chernik); The Vagina Monologues (Eve Ensler)

13 Backlash and Progress

The Backlash Against Feminism (Susan Faludi); A Women of Conscience (Anita Hill); Date Rape: Hysteria or Epidemic? (Katie Roiphe); Who Stole Feminism? (Christina Hoff Sommers); Equal Protection Under the Law: United States v. Virginia; A Third Wave Feminist Manifesta (Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards); Global Feminism (Charlotte Bunch); The Borderlands (Gloria Anzaldua)

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About the Authors

Susan Ware

Susan Ware specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history and the history of American Women. The author of 'Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism'(1993); 'Partner and I: Molly Dewson, Feminism, and New Deal Politics'(1987); Holding Their Own: American Women in the 1930s'(1982); and 'Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal'(1981), Ware taught in the history department of New York University from 1986-1995 and served as an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College from 1996-1997. She is currently an independent scholar based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.