Gender as a Question of Historical Analysis



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Dr. Susan Cahn

Women’s History Reading List


Theory and Practice
Jeanne Boydston, “Gender as a Question of Historical Analysis,” Gender & History, 20 (November 2008): 558–583.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction. New York: Vintage, 1990.

Hewitt, Nancy A. “From Seneca Falls to Suffrage? Reimagining a ‘Master’ Narrative in U.S. Women’s History,” in No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U. S. Feminism. 2010.

McClintock, Anne. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Scott, Joan. Gender and the Politics of History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

-----. The Fantasy of Feminist History. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Stoler, Ann Laura. Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.


U.S. Colonial
Adams, Catherine and Elizabeth H. Pleck. Love of Freedom: Black Women in Colonial and Revolutionary New England. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Brown, Kathleen M. Foul bodies: cleanliness in early America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Demos, John. A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.

Fischer, Kirsten. “The Imperial Gaze: Native American, African American, and Colonial Women in European Eyes.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt,3-19 . Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

Kamensky, Jane. Governing the Tongue The Politics of Speech in Early New England. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Karlsen, Carol F. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: witchcraft in colonial New England. New York: Norton, 1987.

Little, Ann M. “Building Colonies, Defining Families.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt. Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007

Norton, Mary Beth. Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1996.

Ulrich, Laurel. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1982.
Revolution and Early Republic
Cott, Nancy F. The bonds of Womanhood: ‘woman’s sphere’ in New England 1780 -1835. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.

Kerber, Linda. "The Republican Mother: Women and the Enlightenment -- an American Perspective." American Quarterly. 28, no. 2 (Summer 1976): 187-205.

Klepp, Susan E. Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Lewis, Jan E. “The Republican Wife: Virtue and Seduction in the Early Republic,” William & Mary Quarterly. Oct1987, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p689-721. 33p.

-----. “A Revolution for Whom? Women in the Era of the American Revolution.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt, 83-100. Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

McMahon, Lucia. Mere Equals The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012.

Zagarri, Rosemary. Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
Religion
Juster, Susan. Disorderly Women: sexual politics & Evangelicalism in Revolutionary New England. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.

------. “Sinners and Saints: Women and Religion in Colonial North America.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt, 66-80. Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

Porterfield, Amanda. Female Piety in Puritan New England The Emergence of Religious Humanism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Stephan, Scott. Redeeming the Southern Family Evangelical Women and Domestic Devotion in the Antebellum South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.


U.S. Borderlands
Barr, Juliana. Peace came in the form of a woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Brown, Kathleen M. “The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier.” In Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women, 26-48. Edited by Nancy Shoemaker. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Demos, John. The Tried and the True: Native American Women Confronting Colonization. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

-----. The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1994.

Gutiérrez, Ramón A. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1991.

Gutiérrez, Ramón A, and Elliot Young. "Transnationalizing Borderlands History". The Western Historical Quarterly. 41, no. 1 (2010): 27-53.

Little, Amy M. Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

-----.“Cloistered Bodies: Convents in the Anglo-American Imagination in the British Conquest of Canada.” Eighteenth-Century Studies Vol 39, No. 2 (Winter 2006): 187-200.

Miller, Gwenn A. “Contact and Conquest in North America.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt, 35-48. Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

Murphy, Lucy Eldersweld. “Autonomy and the Economic Roles of Indian Women in the Fox-Wisconsin Riverway Region, 1763-1832.” In Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women, 72-89. Edited by Nancy Shoemaker. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Pesantubbee, Michelene E. Choctaw Women in a Chaotic World: The Clash of Cultures in the Colonial Southeast. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

Plane, Ann Marie. Colonial Intimacies: Indian Marriage in Early New England. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Shoemaker, Nancy. “Kateri Tekakwitha’s Tortuous Path to Sainthood.” In Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women, 49-71. Edited by Nancy Shoemaker. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Snyder, Christina. Slavery in Indian country: the changing face of captivity in early America. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2010.


Work
Boydston, Jeanne. Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

----. “The Woman Who Wasn’t There: Women’s Market Labor and the Transition to Capitalism in the United States,” Journal of the Early Republic 16 (Summer 1996): 183-206.

Dublin, Thomas. Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1994.(intro, 2 ch, conclusion)

McCurry, Stephanie. Masters of Small Worlds Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995

Miller, Marla R. The Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006.

Rogers, Rebecca. "The Forgotten Contribution of the Teaching Sisters. A Historiographical Essay on the Educational Work of Catholic Women Religious in the 19th and 20th centuries. (English)." Histoire De L'éducation no. 127 (July 2010): 131-132.

Stansell, Christine. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860. New York: Knopf, 1986.

Ulrich, Laurel. A Midwive’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard based on her diary, 1785-1812. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1990.



U.S. Race and Slavery
Brown, Kathleen. Goodwives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Camp, Stephanie M. H. Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Chaplin, Joyce. Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University

Press, 2003.

Fischer, Kirsten. Suspect Relations: Sex, Race, and Resistance in Colonial North Carolina. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Glymph, Thavolia. “The Civil War Era.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt, 167-192. Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

-----. Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Morgan, Jennifer. Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

------. “Slavery and the Slave Trade.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt, 20-34. Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

White, Deborah G. Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: Norton, 1985.




U.S. Sexuality
Block, Sharon. Rape and Sexual Power in Early America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Godbeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Hodes, Martha Elizabeth. White Women, Black Men Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.

Lyons, Clare A. Sex Among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender & Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Pagan, John Ruston. Anne Orthwood's Bastard Sex and Law in Early Virginia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Slater, Sandra. "Sex and Sin: The Historiography of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Colonial Massachusetts." Historical Journal Of Massachusetts 41, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 104-135


U.S. Politics and Reform
Bohlmann, Rachel E. "`Our `House Beautiful'': The Woman's Temple and the WCTU Effort to Establish Place and Identity.." Journal Of Women's History 11, no. 2 (Summer99 1999): 110-135.

Carlson, Douglas W. "`Drinks he to his own undoing': Temperance ideology in the deep South." Journal Of The Early Republic 18, no. 4 (Winter98 1998): 659-82.

DuBois, Ellen. Feminism and Suffrage: The Emergence of an Independent Women's Movement in America, 1848-1869. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978.

------, editor. Woman Suffrage and Women's Rights. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Fitzgerald, Maureen. Habits of Compassion: Irish Catholic Nuns and the Origins of New York's Welfare System, 1830-1920. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

Foster, Lawrence. Women, Family, and Utopia: Communal Experiments of the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Mormons. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1991.

Hewitt, Nancy. “Religion, Reform, and Radicalism in the Antebellum Era.” In A Companion to American Women’s History. Edited by Nancy A. Hewitt, 117-131. Maden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

McMillen, Sally G. Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Perry, Elisabeth Israels. "MEN ARE FROM THE GILDED AGE, WOMEN ARE FROM THE PROGRESSIVE ERA." Journal Of The Gilded Age & Progressive Era 1, no. 1 (January 2002): 25-48. (HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY)

Ryan, Mary P. Cradle of the middle class: the family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981.

------. Women in Public: Between Banners and Ballots, 1825-1880. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990.
Civil War and Post-Bellum Period
Clinton, Catherine, and Nina Silber, editors. Battle Scars Gender and Sexuality in the American Civil War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

-----. Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Faust, Drew Gilpin. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Hewitt, Nancy A. "Did Women Have Reconstruction? Gender in the Rewriting of



Southern History." Proceedings & Papers Of The Georgia Association Of Historians 14, (January 1993): 1-11.

Silber, Nina. Daughters of the Union Northern Women Fight the Civil War. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2005.

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