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History of Women in the United States - HIST250 - Primary Sources

Primary sources available in the library or on the Internet relevant to women in U.S. History.

Resources in Library Catalog

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America's families : a documentary history

Contains a collection of documents on the American family from colonial times to the present including letters, diaries, popular songs, advice manuals, laws and trial records, marriage contracts, and government investigations.

America's working women

Contains primary source materials and sections on black slaves, Lowell, women on the Oregon trail, nursing, white slavery, letters from black migrants, the Lawrence textile strike, the Triangle fire, and child care.

American women activists' writings : an anthology, 1637-2002

A collection of writings by American female activists highlights the contributions of women involved in environmental protection, wildlife conservation, civil rights, abolitionism, and many other causes. Includes works by Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and many more.

The Congress of Women

This volume contains more than 180 papers, most of them by Americans, that were presented at the Congress of Women held in Chicago in 1893 at the World's Exposition. The papers reflect the wide interests of articulate women as the 19th century came to an end. It is also available freely online:

Controlling reproduction : an American history

This informative, detailed text contains 39 writings on the history of reproduction in the U.S. The historical path of reproduction control is viewed in the contexts of politics, law, medicine, sexuality, business, and social change.

Root of bitterness : documents of the social history of American women

Presenting a diverse collection of documents, Root of Bitterness reaches from the colonial era through the nineteenth century, focusing on six dominant themes: women's work, the power of gender, the physical body, women's collective efforts, diversity and conflict among women, and women's relation to state authority. This edition contains about twenty selections from the original volume and almost sixty new ones.

Up from the pedestal : selected writings in the history of American feminism

A chronologically organized book of essays dating from 1642 to 1966, by authors such as Anne Bradstreet, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Charlotte Perkins.

Women's America : refocusing the past

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 eighth edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent developments in U.S. women's history.

Resources in Library Databases

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Resources on the Internet