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When the first edition of this groundbreaking survey of U.S.women’s history first appeared in 1986, no one could havepredicted its spectacular success and widespread support—orthe vast proliferation of women’s history courses in thenation’s high schools, colleges, and universities.
Informed by the generous feedback of many of“Inventing"’s loyal users—student readers andinstructors from every region of the nation—the fourthedition of Glenda Riley’s dynamic text remains the mostinclusive, accessible, and affordable choice as a core text for theWomen’s History course, as well as useful supplementaryreading for courses in Women’s Studies and the U.S.survey.
Completely up to date, with expanded coverage of women in themilitary, sports, women’s healthcare, divorce, and women ofcolor—especially Spanish-speaking, American Indian, AfricanAmerican, and Asian American women—this well-balanced,interpretive account portrays the myriad of women’sexperiences as they shaped and were shaped by American history, andredounds as a remarkable feat of insight and inclusion. As always,each volume features a stunning photographic essay, a visualaccount from the colonial era to the present.
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Glenda Riley is Alexander M. Bracken Professor of HistoryEmeritus at Ball State University. Formerly, she was professor ofhistory and director of the Women’s Studies Program at theUniversity of Northern Iowa. Professor Riley has also served asvisiting endowed professor at University College, Dublin; MarquetteUniversity; and Mesa State College, In addition to authoring foureditions of Inventing the American Women, Professor Riley haswritten The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley (1994), A Place toGrow: Women in the American West (1992), Divorce: An AmericanTradition (1991), The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Womenon the Prairie and Plains (1988), Women and Indians on theFrontier, 1825-1915 (1984), Frontierswomen: The Iowa Experience(1981; 2d ed., 1994), Women and Nature: Saving the“Wild” West (1999), Taking Land, Breaking Land: WomenColonizing the American West and Kenya, 1840-1940 (2003), andConfronting Race: Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1815-1915(2004), as ell as numerous published articles, reviews, andchapters in edited volumes. Professor Riley now lives on a horseranch in historic Lincoln County, New Mexico, and is a member ofsuch organizations as the Lincoln County Historical Society and theLincoln County Sheriff’s Posse.Review:
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"This is a wonderful set of two volumes on the history of American women, from the earliest colonial period to the 1990s. It is based on a wide variety of sources, and it is extensively documented. Anyone interested in the history of women in the United States should consult this important work." (The Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Summer 1995)
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