Women's America: Refocusing the Past

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Featuring a mix of primary source documents, articles, and illustrations, Women's America: Refocusing the Past has long been an invaluable resource. Now in its seventh edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent events in American women's history.

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Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa. She is the author of several books, including No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies (1999) and Toward an Intellectual History of Women (1997). She has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Sherron De Hart is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-author of Sex, Gender, and ERA: A State and the Nation (OUP, 1990), and winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award (1991), she specializes in twentieth-century issues of gender, politics, and policy. She is currently completing a study of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that blends biography and legal history.

Cornelia Hughes Dayton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. The author of Women Before the Bar (1995), she is currently writing a book about the life stories of those with mental disorders and their caretakers in eighteenth-century America. She recently launched a new website supplementing her essay "Taking the Trade" about a 1740s abortion trial.

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"Yet another priceless contribution to our collective knowledge about women's past. The essays and documents in Women's America give a sweeping chronicle of women's lives in all their diversity and complexity. Brilliantly framed and carefully compiled, this text remains a classic for U.S. women's history."--Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago

"The sixth edition is more indispensable than ever as a resource for teaching and learning. With new first-person accounts and interpretative essays on social networks and movements, cross-cultural experiences, the dilemmas of citizenship, and many other critical areas, this marvelous collection continues to shape our understanding of the complex dimensions of women's history."-Joyce Antler, Brandeis University

"This sixth edition of Women's America is the best yet. It is the most expansive and comprehensive text on women, their special roles in American history, the making of American culture, and the defining of American citizenship. Must reading for all those who seek to understand American society and history at the intersection of gender, race, and work."--James Oliver Horton, George Washington University

"The great virtue of this book is that it has enabled me to broach the most sophisticated themes of women's history and gender studies in my classroom in a way that is both accessible and challenging for my students. Deft editing of this 6th edition has created another diverse and engaging collection of scholarly articles and primary documents perfect for the discussion-centered classroom. My students appreciate the opportunity to weigh in on the most current debates in the field and are motivated by the editors' 'not the usual suspects' approach to women's history."--Colleen MegAnne Coffey, Moorpark Community College

"This anthology, now in its sixth edition, is the gold standard of U.S. women's history. Kerber and De Hart have retained the classic articles of the field while incorporating the latest and most innovative of the new research."--Elizabeth H. Pleck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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