Gender Roles in American Life: A Documentary History of Political, Social, and Economic Changes, 1st Edition

  • Constance L. Shehan
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  • ISBN-10: 1440859590
  • ISBN-13: 9781440859595
  • DDC: 305.30973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 820 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released May 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This two-volume set examines how the evolution of gender roles in the United States has changed family dynamics, business practices, and our concepts of womanhood and manhood as well as affected debates about equality, political and military service, and childrearing roles and practices.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1775–1850: Divisions of Labor in an Agrarian Nation.
1: Thomas Paine’s “Occasional Letter on the Female Sex,” 1775.
2: Abigail Adams Urges Her Husband to “Remember the Ladies” at the Second Continental Congress, 1776.
3: Benjamin Rush Expresses Support for the Education of Women, 1787.
4: A New England Minister Describes Moral Instruction of Children as the Primary Role of Women, 1833.
5: Gustave De Beaumont Surveys the Lives of American Women and Girls, 1835.
6: A Female British Sociologist Describes Societal Limitations Imposed on Women, 1838.
7: John O’Sullivan Cites “the Natural Rights of Man” in a Call for Continental Expansion, 1839.
8: A New York Assemblyman Calls for Equal Property Rights for Women, 1839.
9: Alexis De Tocqueville Assesses the Educational Options for Young American Women, 1840.
10: A Female Textile Worker Condemns Conditions of “Degrading Servitude,” 1845.
11: Catharine Beecher Talks About Career Choices for Women, 1846.
12: Martha Coffin Wright Offers “Hints for Wives,” 1846.
13: Sarah Bagley Admits to Flagging Spirits in the Fight for Labor Reforms, 1848.
14: Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, 1848.
1850–1900: The Civil War, Emancipation, and Progress toward Women’s Rights.
15: Horace Greeley Offers His Perspective on “Women and Work,” 1852.
16: A Woman’s Magazine Publishes a Satirical Report from an Imaginary “Men’s Rights Convention,” 1852.
17: A Methodist Minister Cites the Bible in Supporting Ordination for Women, 1853.
18: Susan B. Anthony Blames Disrespect for Teachers on Sexism, 1853.
19: Harriet Jacobs Writes of the Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Slavery, 1861.
20: Vassar College’s Founder Explains His Support for Female College Instructors, 1864.
21: A Reconstruction-Era Georgia Planter Complains About “Idle” Freedwomen, 1866.
22: Louisa May Alcott Urges Women Not to Fear Being an “Old Maid,” 1867.
23: Clergyman John Todd Warns of the Horrors of Educating Women Out of Their Natural “Sphere,” 1867.
24: L. P. Brockett Discusses How the “Deficiencies” of Women Make Them Ill-Suited for Various Professions, 1869.
25: John Stuart Mill Studies the Subjection of Women, 1869.
26: George W. Julian Describes Women’s Disenfranchisement as the “Slavery Yet to Be Abolished,” 1874.
27: Alexander Graham Bell Takes Issue With the “Extremism” of Women’s Rights Advocates, 1875.
28: Susan B. Anthony Describes the “Homes of Single Women,” 1877.
29: A Medical Journal Editorial Laments the Advances of Women in Medical Professions, 1879.
30: The President of Columbia College Applauds the Admission of Women Into American Colleges, 1882.
31: The Labor Department Defends the Reputation of Working Women in Cities, 1888.
32: A Female Economist Urges Women Workers to Organize, 1890.
33: Cardinal Gibbons Endorses Medical Education for Women, 1891.
34: Anna Julia Cooper Muses on the “Sublime” Responsibilities and Untapped Potential of Womanhood, 1892.
35: Carroll Wright Examines the Status of Women Wage Earners, 1892.
36: War and Manhood in The Red Badge of Courage, 1895.
37: Kate Chopin Tells the “Story of an Hour,” 1895.
38: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Examines Women’s Economic Dependence on Men, 1898.
1900–1930: The Progressive Era in the United States : No Vote, No Voice.
39: Theodore Roosevelt Proclaims His Vision of American Manhood, 1901.
40: Cardinal Gibbons Urges Women to Return to Their Natural Environment—The Home, 1902.
41: American Homes and Gardens Comments on Male Housekeepers in Europe, 1905.
42: Madison Peters Describes “The Ideal Wife” for American Men, 1905.
43: Theodore Roosevelt Speaks Out on “American Motherhood,” 1905.
44: Tufts University President Frederick Hamilton Decries Co-Education, 1907.
45: The Supreme Court Establishes Special Labor Rules for Women, 1908.
46: Women Opponents of Suffrage Detail “Why the Home Makers Do Not Want to Vote,” 1909.
47: Introduction to the Boy Scouts of America Handbook, 1910.
48: Social Reformer John Dewey Calls Co-Education a Benefit for Both Men and Women, 1911.
49: Muckraker Ida Tarbell Condemns America’s “Stupid Notions” of Equality, 1912.
50: Suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst Challenges Men to “Kill Us Or Give Us the Vote,” 1913.
51: Upton Sinclair’s “The Double Standard—A Parable of the Ages,” 1913.
52: Walter Lippmann Comments on the “Drift and Doubt” Created by Changing Gender Roles, 1914.
53: Professor William T. Sedgwick Issues Rape Threat Against Women Reformers, 1914.
54: The Perils of Industrial Work for “The Protected Sex,” 1915.
55: Massachusetts Anti-Suffrage Committee Issues a Call to Arms to “The Men of Massachusetts,” 1915.
56: The Naacp Adds Its Voice to the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1915.
57: Josephine Goldmark Surveys Challenges of Wartime Employment for Women, 1917.
58: A. Philip Randolph Urges African Americans to Support Suffrage, 1917.
59: The Drive for Women’s Rights Undercuts Legal Protections for Domestic Violence, 1917.
60: Dueling Poems on Employment of Women During World War I, 1918.
61: Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin Speaks Out on “Woman Suffrage,” 1918.
62: Introduction of the 19th Amendment Granting Women the Right to Vote, 1919.
63: The Girl Scouts Urge Young Girls to Pursue Lives of Adventure, 1920.
64: Henry Ford Identifies “Organized Womanhood” as a Tool of Communism, 1924.
1930–1955: The Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II , and Its Aftermath.
65: Mary Anderson Recalls Working for the Depression-Era Women’s Bureau, 1930S.
66: Eleanor Roosevelt Describes “What Ten Million Women Want,” 1932.
67: Herbert Hoover Campaigns for the Votes of the Women of America, 1932.
68: Eleanor Roosevelt Surveys the State of Women in America, 1940.
69: Labor Department Alerts American Industry to Availability of Women Workers, 1942.
70: War Department Informs American Industry “You’re Going to Employ Women,” 1943.
71: Women Recall Working in America’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” 1943–1945.
72: Labor Department Tips for Adding Women to the Workforce, 1944.
73: A Woman Writes to President Truman About Her Postwar Employment Prospects, 1945.
74: A Call for Equal Pay for Men and Women, 1950.