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America's working women : a documentary history, 1600 to the present

Author: Rosalyn Baxandall; Linda Gordon; Susan Reverby
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
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A landmark work when it appeared in 1976, America's Working Women helped form the field of women's studies and transform labor history. Now the authors have enlarged the dimensions of this important anthology; more than half the selections and all the introductory material are new. Spanning the years from 1600 to the present, selections from diaries, popular magazines, historical works, oral histories, letters,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rosalyn Baxandall; Linda Gordon; Susan Reverby
ISBN: 0393036537 9780393036534 0393312623 9780393312621
OCLC Number: 31045452
Description: xxvii, 356 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Before 1820. Paid and unpaid labor ; Servitude --
1820-1865. Slaves and free blacks ; The contested land ; Factory life ; Controversy about women's work --
1865-1890. Industry ; Coping with new conditions --
1890-1920. Migrants and immigrants ; Rural labor ; Industrial labor ; The tradition of struggle --
1920-1940. Nonindustrial work ; The Depression ; Working women organize ; Black women against racism ; Using the state --
1940-1955. The war ; Feminine mystique and feminine reality --
1955-Present. Continuing patterns ; Deindustrialization ; The movements ; New initiatives.
Responsibility: edited by Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon with Susan Reverby.

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A landmark work when it appeared in 1976, America's Working Women helped form the field of women's studies and transform labor history. Now the authors have enlarged the dimensions of this important anthology; more than half the selections and all the introductory material are new. Spanning the years from 1600 to the present, selections from diaries, popular magazines, historical works, oral histories, letters, songs, poetry, and fiction show women's creativity in supporting themselves, their families, and organizations or associations. Slave women recall their field work, family work, and sabotage. We see Indian women farming, and we also see the white culture coercing Indian women to give up farming. We see women in industry playing a central part in the union movement while facing the particular hazards of women's jobs and working conditions. New selections show the historical origins of today's important issues: sexual harassment, equal pay, "sex work," work in the underground economy, work in the home, and shift work. With an expanded focus on women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and regions, America's Working Women grounds us in the battles women have fought and the ones they are in the process of winning.

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