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A Companion to American Women's History


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Table of Contents

About the Contributors ix

Introduction 1
Nancy A. Hewitt and Anne M. Valk

1 Native Women in the Americas to 1800 7
Camilla Townsend

2 Slavery and the Slave Trade 23
Ebony Jones and Jennifer L. Morgan

3 Intersectional Studies of Early American Women and Christianity 39
Anna M. Lawrence

4 Women and the Law in Early America 55
Terri L. Snyder and Cornelia Hughes Dayton

5 Women and the Long American Revolution 73
Serena Zabin

6 Intimate Economies, 1790-1860 89
April Haynes

7 The Future Looks Bright: Black Women, Slavery, and Freedom, 1780-1865 107
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers and Jessica Millward

8 Race, Class, Region, and Activism, 1820s-1870s 123
Nancy A. Hewitt

9 Conflicts and Cultures in the Colonial and Nineteenth-Century West 141
Lisbeth Haas

10 Women in the Civil War Era 157
Hilary Green

11 Gender and Social Movements from Reconstruction to the New Deal 175
Leslie Dunlap

12 Woman Suffrage, Women's Votes 193
Liette Gidlow

13 Recovering a Gender-Transgressive Past: A Transgender Historiography 209
Emily Skidmore

14 Popular Cultures 223
Emily Westkaemper

15 Working Women, "Welfare Moms," and Struggles for Subsistence in the Twentieth Century 241
Annelise Orleck

16 Capitalism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 261
Tracey Deutsch and Nan Enstad

17 Women, Gender, and the State, ca. 1900-2010 279
Jennifer Mittelstadt and Rachel Louise Moran

18 Sterilization, Birth Control, and Abortion: Reproductive Politics from 1945 to the Present 299
Jennifer Nelson

19 Global Women: Migrants and Refugees, 1850s-2000 319
Elizabeth Zanoni

20 Civil Rights and Black Liberation 337
Rebecca Tuuri and Steven F. Lawson

21 Rethinking Feminist Movements after World War II 353
Anne M. Valk

22 Oral History and Testimony in Histories of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 373
Jessica Wilkerson

23 Digital Demands Toward Decolonial Feminist Futures 389
Brittney Cooper

Index 405

About the Author

Nancy A. Hewitt, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of several books and edited collections, including Southern Discomfort: Women's Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s-1920s, Radical Friend: Amy Kirby Post and Her Activist Worlds, and No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism. She is also co-author of Exploring American Histories: A Survey with Sources.Anne M. Valk, PhD, is Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center and Executive Director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning. She wrote the award-winning, Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C. and co-authored Living with Jim Crow: African Americans and Memories of the Segregated South. She is also co-editor of U.S. Women's History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood.

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