American Women: Their Lives in Their Words

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Excerpts from letters, journals, speeches, and other writings reveal the lives, activities, responsibilities, concerns, and struggles of women throughout American history

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Grade 7-12-- From Anne Hutchinson and Anne Bradstreet, through the diaries of otherwise unknown frontierswomen and the quite well-known suffragists, to Betty Friedan and anonymous witnesses in Row vs. Wade, this book orchestrates the experiences of women in the United States. The women are cited from a wide variety of documents--poetry, published nonfiction, letters, legal materials--and are presented in their original formats, with archaic and sometimes obscure language intact. The difficulty of the language is the only drawback of this format. In between extracts, Rappaport deftly ties the individual lives and situations together with a narrative that gives the larger framework for the women's perceptions and gives the larger perspective. From the Native Americans and early immigrants to the women in industry and politics in the 18th and 19th centuries, through feminist theorists and activities in the 20th century, to the voices of several teenagers at the end of the century, the women here represent a wide variety of lifestyles. They range from highly educated and informed about their lives, to barely literate and only emerging in consciousness about the complex forces that shape their situations. The array of lives here is impressive, and the original language also colors the experience with authenticity and vigor. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue Univ . Calumet, Hammond, IN
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