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Women and Power in American History

Women and Power in American History

3rd Edition

Kathryn Sklar, Thomas Dublin

Feb 2009, Paperback, 360 pages
ISBN13: 9780205645756
ISBN10: 0205645755
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Women and Power in American History provides a coherent group of readings related to the unifying theme of power in women’s lives over time. A greater understanding of how power inequalities are organized along gender lines can help us work toward a more egalitarian and just society. Because the work of the women’s movement is far from complete, the need for a fuller historical understanding of how women's lives have changed over time remains great.

This anthology brings together carefully selected, cutting-edge readings in U.S. Women's History—organized around issues related to gender and power in American society. The twenty-seven individual essays provide students with unifying themes that promote their understanding of women's history and changing gender relations. Both co-authors are highly visible in the field of women's history.




1. The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier, Kathleen M. Brown

2. The Beginnings of the Afro-American Family in Maryland, Allan Kulikoff

3. Women and Property across Colonial America, Deborah A. Rosen

4. Food Rioters and the American Revolution, Barbara Clark Smith

5. Women, Work, and Protest in the Early Lowell Mills: “The Oppressing Hand of Avarice Would Enslave Us,” Thomas Dublin

6. The Domestic Balance of Power: Relations between Mistress and Maid in Nineteenth-Century New England, Carol Lasser

7. Gender and Slave Labor in Antebellum New Orleans, Virginia Meacham Gould

8. Women’s Rights Emerges within the Anti-slavery Movement: Angelina and Sarah Grimké in 1837, Kathryn Kish Sklar

9. Women and Indians on the Frontier, Glenda Riley

10. Victorian Women and Domestic Life: Mary Todd Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Kathryn

Kish Sklar

11. Reproductive Control and Conflict in the Nineteenth Century, Janet Farrell Brodie

12. The Exclusion of Chinese Women, 1870-1943, Sucheng Chan

13. Separation as Strategy: Female Institution Building and American Feminism, 1870—1930, Estelle Freedman

14. Race and Womanhood: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and African-American Women in North Carolina

1880—1900, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore

15. HullHouse in the 1890s: A Community of Women Reformers, Kathryn Kish Sklar

16. “Charity Girls” and City Pleasures: Historical Notes on Working-Class Sexuality, 1880—1920, Kathy Peiss

17. Discontented Black Feminists: Prelude and Postscript to the Passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, Rosalyn Terborg-


18. The Professionalization of Birth Control, Linda Gordon

19. Why Were Most Politically Active Women Opposed to the ERA in the 1920s? Kathryn Kish Sklar

20. Companionate Marriage and the Lesbian Threat, Christina Simmons

21. Redefining “Women’s Work”: The Sexual Division of Labor in the Auto Industry During World War II, Ruth Milkman

22. When Women Arrived: The Transformation of New York’s Chinatown, Xiaolan Bao

23. Nina Simone, Culture, and Black Activism in the 1960s, Ruth Feldstein

24. A New Women’s Movement: The Emergence of the National Organization for Women, Cynthia Harrison

25. StateBuilding, Health Policy, and the Persistence of the American Abortion Debate, Helene Silverberg

26. Buscando La Vida: Mexican Immigrant Women's Memories of Home, Yearning, and Border Crossings, Maria de la Luz


27. Christians for Biblical Equality and the Fight for the Middle Ground, Julie Ingersoll

Selected Links to U.S. Women’s History Resource Materials on the Worldwide Web

Suggestions for Further Reading

  • This new collection of readings emphasizes the power inequalities in women's history.
  • An introductory chapter explains the historical perspective of the theme of power as a category of analysis presenting students with an helpful overview.
  • Short introductions to each article provide a guide to how each historian analyzes themes of power.
  • A Worldwide Web reference section encourages students to draw on these resource materials for research.
  • By integrating women's history into U.S. history, this collection of readings allows students to explore the ways in which women contest power within their families, communities, and the larger nation.