Women in the United States, 1830-1945 (American History in Depth)

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Women in the United States, 1830-1945 investigates women's economic, social, political and cultural history, encompassing all ethnic and racial groups and religions. It provides a general introduction to the history of women in industrializing America. Both a history of women and a history of the United States, its chronology is shaped by economic stages and political events. Although there were vast changes in all aspects of women's lives, gender (the social roles imputed to the sexes) continued to define women's (and men's) lives as much in 1945 as it had in 1830.

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Throughout American history, women's roles have been a source of controversy. Despite having to struggle to be heard or listened to, women vigorously participated in the political debates and cultural lives of American society. They responded actively to the social problems of their day, joining anti-slavery and temperance groups in the nineteenth century, only to discover that gender hindered their right to speak or act in public. Such limitations led to the women's rights movement and a long struggle for the vote and full citizenship rights.

In this important new history, Jay Kleinberg explores the transformations in women's lives. She sets women's economic, social and political organizations. The overview of women's changing lives ranges widely across racial, ethnic, and class groups to build an inclusive history to women in urban and rural America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Kleinberg shows the continued dominance of socially restrictive interpretations of women's roles despite dramatic transformations in women's relation to the world inside and outside the home.

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"Here the underlying concern is the female component of the grand forces shaping American life: the commercialization of agriculture, urbanization, industrialization, the demographic transition, immigration, slavery, and the westward movement. This book focuses on the part women played in the intersecting patterns of economics, social structure, religion, education, family life, politics and reform movements; the organizations they constructed in the work place, church, and polity; their integration and their separation from economic, social, cultural and political movements; and the enduring importance of gender in women's activities. It plots women's search for economic, social, and political equity and their responses to those grand forces in their novels, poems, diaries, magazines, songs crafts, and popular culture." - from Women in the United States, 1830-1945.

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