A Companion to American Women's History
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This collection of twenty-four original essays by leading scholars in American women's history highlights the most recent important scholarship on the key debates and future directions of this popular and contemporary field.
- Covers the breadth of American Women's history, including the colonial family, marriage, health, sexuality, education, immigration, work, consumer culture, and feminism.
- Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic.
- Includes expanded bibliography of titles to guide further research.
Carolina coast, suggesting that “barbaric” Indians could experience the same civilizing process that ancient Britons had once undergone (see plate 4).One wonders how images of Irish women or poorer Enghsh women translated into other colonial contexts and were transformed there by local circumstances. The “imperial gaze” is most easily found in the published perceptions of colonizing men, but Anglo-American women were imperialists as well, and they, too, projected images of African and Native
certainly could and did look back at colonizing Europeans with a gaze of their own. Furthermore, women behaved purposefully to alter the images others had of them. Susan Klepp shows how white women reconfigured maternal imagery, distancing themselves fiom an ident&cation with their pregnant state and focusing instead on the fetus as a separate being. They did so, Klepp says, in an effort to emphasize their rational capabilities over their reproductive ones. Perhaps some day we will have
Holland (eds.) (1995) WilliamBartram on the Southeastern Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Williams, Samuel Cole (1930 ) Adair’s History of the American Indians. New York Promontory Press. Zamora, Margarita (1990/1991) “Abreast of Columbus: Gender and Discovery,” Cultural Critique 17, pp. 127-50. A Companion to American Women's History Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt Copyright © 2002, 2005 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd CHAPTER Two Slavery and the Slave Trade JENNIFER L. MORGAN
formulation, they have not yet fully untangled the complex and contradictory connections between gender, class, and consumption. For all we have learned about consumption in the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, we know surprisingly little about the discursive and social practices that constituted antebellum consumption. We know still less about the connections between consumption and the social, economic, and cultural dimensions of class formation. This is unfortunate, for scholarship thus far
constituted the majority of female kmigrks from Asia prior to 1880 except in Hawaii, also offer a growing literature and address a well-formulated narrative and set of problems concerning legal status, prostitution, immigration, and ethnicity. Native women’s history remains the most underdeveloped part of western women’s nineteenth-century history. Work on indigenous histories has gained momentum as scholars move beyond the narrowness of national paradigms to embrace stories that fall outside of