American Women’s History: A Very Short Introduction - download pdf or read online

By Susan Ware

ISBN-10: 0199328331

ISBN-13: 9780199328338

In 1607, Powhatan youngster Pocahontas first encountered English settlers while John Smith was once dropped at her village as a captive. In 1920, the ratification of the nineteenth modification gave ladies the constitutional correct to vote. And in 2012, the U.S. Marine Corps lifted its ban on ladies in energetic wrestle, permitting lady marines to hitch the sisterhood of yankee girls who stand on the middle of this country's heritage. among each one of those sign issues runs the multi-layered adventure of yank girls, from pre-colonization to the current. In American Women's background: a truly brief creation Susan Ware emphasizes the richly diversified reviews of yankee ladies as they have been formed by means of elements similar to race, category, faith, geographical position, age, and sexual orientation. The ebook starts with a complete examine early the US, with gender on the middle, making it transparent that women's stories weren't constantly kind of like men's, and searching on the colonizers in addition to the colonized, in addition to problems with payment, slavery, and neighborhood diversifications. She exhibits how women's household and waged hard work formed the Northern economic system, and the way slavery affected the lives of either loose and enslaved Southern ladies. Ware then strikes during the tumultuous many years of industrialization and urbanization, describing the nineteenth century activities led by way of girls (temperance, ethical reform, and abolitionism), She hyperlinks women's reports to the ordinary occasions of the Civil battle, the innovative period, and global warfare I, culminating in twentieth century woman activism for civil rights and successive waves of feminism. Ware explores the key adjustments in women's historical past, with awareness to quite a lot of topics from political activism to pop culture, the workforce and the relations. From Anne Bradstreet to Ida B. Wells to Eleanor Roosevelt, this Very brief advent acknowledges ladies as a strength in American historical past and, extra importantly, tells women's heritage as American heritage. on the center of Ware's narrative is the popularity that gender - the altering historic and cultural structures of roles assigned to the organic ameliorations of the sexes - is significant to figuring out the historical past of yankee women's lives, and to the heritage of the us. concerning the sequence: The Very brief Introductions sequence from Oxford collage Press comprises hundreds of thousands of titles in virtually each topic quarter. those pocket-sized books are the ideal strategy to get forward in a brand new topic speedy. Our specialist authors mix evidence, research, standpoint, new principles, and exuberance to make attention-grabbing and not easy issues hugely readable.

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The converse myth—that for intercourse to be fruitful the woman must be active—reveals an understandable association between passion and fertility. By the Middle Ages, Christian influence had succeeded in reversing this folk belief: too much female passion ought to be avoided, for it would make intercourse sterile. Douching, which could have been effective, was apparently not widespread. Spermicidal substances, such as citrus fruit juice, were identified but used in less effective ways. The ancient Greek physician Aëtios knew the spermicidal properties of vinegar, but instead of recommending it to women as a douche, he suggested applying it to the penis.

One anthropological collection of tribal studies, the Human Relations Area Files, found that 62 percent, or 125 of 200 groups, used abortion. 13 The high incidence of abortions did not mean that they were easy. Women accepted the pain and danger of abortion in the same manner that they accepted the pain and danger of childbirth, with the assumption that both were necessary for their own and their communities’ health and welfare. Over the centuries there developed a varied technology of abortion—magical and mechanical, external and internal.

2 The label “prostitute” was sometimes applied to any women who engaged in sex outside of marriage. 5-21/Gord 11 9/25/02, 10:42 AM 12 / the moral property of women A more complex matter is the degree of success of the ideologues in making their proposed norms work in practice. 3 Furthermore, the mask of prudery virtually required hypocrisy, and many men and women behaved and felt differently in private than in public. Still, few could remain unaffected by these powerful norms. The euphemistic avoidance of direct discussion of sexual matters made sex appear as a dirty fact of life, unavoidable but unpleasant, like excretion.

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