Synopses & Reviews
The 125 historical documents in this unique volume bring to life the triumphs, disappointments, and enduring contributions of women's struggle for equal rights in America. This work also reveals often-surprising sources of opposition, such as Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Supreme Court. Organized into five chronological periods, the documents provide a flavor for the time period in which they were written. Each period and each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction that puts it in historical context. A chronology of significant dates in the history of American women's rights, a topically organized bibliography, and a list of women's organizations for further information completes the work.
Because of the many important documents [this book] contains and the light they cast on women's fight for equal rights in America, it will be a useful addition to reference collections in the public and academic libraries.Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
Historical Documents detailing women's struggle for equal rights in America.
The passion, pain, victories, and disappointments of the struggle for women's social, political, legal, economic, and educational rights in America from colonial times through 1993 are dramatized in this comprehensive documentary history. A rich panoply of voices and viewpoints, from feminists of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds to opposition leaders, make this an important resource for research and student debate on landmark issues of social and political justice. Letters, personal narratives, policy statements, laws, court decisions, and even poetry are featured in the collection. Organized into five chronological periods, the 125 documents included here integrate the dynamics of the movement into the historical period in which they were written. Each period and each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction that puts it in historical context. The collection provides many documents not found elsewhere and shows that the struggle for women's rights is a process that is still continuing as we approach the 21st century.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -349) and index.
About the Author
WINSTON E. LANGLEY is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.VIVIAN C. FOX is Professor of History at Worcester College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Significant Dates in the History of Women's Rights
A Flavor of the Setting: Colonial Period to the Adoption of the Constitution
The Republican Order and the Cracks in Its Design, 1790-1865
The Suffrage Issue: One Among Many, 1866-1920
A Woman Is a Woman Is a Woman: The Struggle Continues, 1920-1963
At the Crossroads, 1963-1993
List of Women's Organizations