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America's women : four hundred years of dolls, drudges, helpmates, and heroines

Author: Gail Collins
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2007, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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Traces the history of women in America, from the female settlers who vanished from Roanoke to the twenty-first century, noting the societal and political rules that influenced fashion, attitudes, education, sex, health, and work.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gail Collins
ISBN: 0061227226 9780061227226 0060185104 9780060185107
OCLC Number: 144598489
Description: xvii, 556, 16 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: The first colonists: voluntary and otherwise --
The women of New England: goodwives, heretics, Indian captives, and witches --
Daily life in the colonies: housekeeping, children, and sex --
Toward the Revolutionary War --
1800-1860: true women, separate spheres, and many emergencies --
Life before the Civil War: cleanliness and corsetry --
African American women: life in bondage --
Women and abolition: white and Black, north and south --
The Civil War: nurses, wives, spies, and secret soldiers --
Women go west: pioneers, homesteaders, and the fair but frail --
The gilded age: stunts, shorthand, and study clubs --
Immigrants: discovering the "woman's country" --
Turn of the century: the arrival of the new woman --
Reforming the world: suffrage, temperance, and other causes --
The twenties: all the liberty you can use in the backseat of a Packard --
The Depression: Ma Perkins and Eleanor Roosevelt --
World War II: "she's making history, working for victory" --
The fifties: life at the far end of the pendulum --
The sixties: the pendulum swings back with a vengeance.
Responsibility: Gail Collins.
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Traces the history of women in America, from the female settlers who vanished from Roanoke to the twenty-first century, noting the societal and political rules that influenced fashion, attitudes, education, sex, health, and work.

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