The Columbia guide to American women in the Nineteenth by Catherine Clinton; Christine Lunardini

By Catherine Clinton; Christine Lunardini

The adventure of ladies within the 19th century has generated a wealth of interdisciplinary study in contemporary many years. The Columbia consultant to American girls within the 19th Century provides the simplest of the hot scholarship to be had in a concise, "one-stop" source, delivering scholars of women's background and nineteenth-century American tradition with an authoritative resource of knowledge and interpretation. The authors emphasize parts within which students have pointed out vital alterations (such as suffrage and reform), subject matters during which researchers are actually making nice strides (such as racial, ethnic, non secular, and local diversity), and cutting edge and comparatively fresh explorations (for instance, paintings on woman sexuality). obtainable review articles and alphabetical encyclopedia-like entries are mixed in a accomplished, easy-to-use volume.Part 1 features a historiographical essay through a ten-chapter narrative evaluation. those chapters comprise discussions of households and families, hard work and the crew, faith and morality, feminism and equivalent rights, reform and voluntarism, and more.Part 2 is an A-to-Z directory of concise entries on key words, outstanding figures, political activities, social and non secular organisations, and legislation.Part three is an annotated chronology putting occasions in old context.Part four is a topically prepared collection of the simplest assets for extra learn, together with common old works, biographies and autobiographies, journals, files, websites, novels, and movies.

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Nineteenth-century women also had to negotiate the challenge of discriminatory laws. : Cornell University Press, 1982) offered an exemplary case study, outlining the reforms pushed by feminists in the nineteenth century and the legal responses to those reforms. Other scholars began to look at the important role of family law in shaping women’s lives and choices, such as Michael Grossberg’s Governing the Hearth: Law and Family in Nineteenth-Century America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985) and Peter Bardaglio’s Reconstructing the Household: Family, Sex, and the Law in the Nineteenth-Century South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).

By 1800 Americans were committed to their program of continual westward migration—by the thousands. Settlers might enlist Indians as allies, or play Post-Revolutionary America 19 one native nation off against another, when they could. Equally often, white migrants were content to sweep the native peoples out of their way, by force if necessary. These restless settlers were determined to carve white communities out of the wilderness and to eliminate any obstacles, human or otherwise, that blocked their path.

Between 1815 and the beginning of the American Civil War, more than five million people immigrated to the United States (nearly 50 percent of them English speaking, and almost 40 percent of these from Ireland). Between 1865 and 1890 ten million immigrated, mainly from northwestern Europe, and during the next twenty-five years another fifteen million immigrants entered the country. The huge westward expansion that took place at the opening of the nineteenth century had very direct and different consequences for American women, depending upon their color and status.

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