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This atlas portrays the history of American women from a geographical and demographic perspective. In a variety of colorful maps and charts, it documents milestones in the evolution of the social and political rights of women. Coverage includes women in the Revolutionary Era, Black and white women in Antebellum America, the rise of reform movements such as temperance, women's suffrage, and abolition during the 19th century, women in World Wars I and II, and recent issues and trends in the 20th century.
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In North America between 1894 and 1930, the rise of the "New Woman" sparked controversy. Who was she and where did she come from? Was she to be celebrated as the agent of progress or reviled as a traitor to the traditional family? Bringing together a diverse range of essays from the periodical press of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the author shows how the New Woman differed according to region, class, politics, race, ethnicity, and historical circumstance. Together, these readings redefine our understanding of the New Woman and her cultural impact.
An online collection from the Library of Congress containing more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. Transcripts of interviews with former slaves are organized by state, and then alphabetically by name of informant within each state.
Elizabeth Harris was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1867, to parents who had been slaves. Elizabeth Harris's handwritten memoir includes the story of her courtship and marriage as well as descriptions of the adult lives of several of her children. Harris divided her memoir into two sections: her childhood years and her life during and after courtship and marriage. Collection from Duke University. Includes photos and news clippings.
Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson were house slaves at Montcalm, the family home of David and Mary Campbell, located in Abingdon, Virginia. According to historian Norma Taylor Mitchell, young men wrote these letters for Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson to their mistresses and other slave family members. Collection from Duke University. Contains four letters of correspondence.
Rose O'Neal Greenhow was born in Montgomery County, Maryland in 1817. "Wild Rose", as she was called from a young age, was a leader in Washington society, a passionate secessionist, and one of the most renowned spies in the Civil War. Collection from Duke University. Contains letters and news clippings.
This online exhibit from the National Archives Museum includes seven sections:
Who Decides Who Votes?
Why Did Women Fight for the Vote?
How Did Women Win the 19th Amendment? A Strategy for Suffrage
A Piecemeal Path to Women's Voting Rights
Amendment at Last
What Voting Rights Struggles Persist?
What Was the 19th Amendment's Impact?
The papers of Alice Paul, suffragist, held at Harvard University. Much digitized content organized into series: Personal and Family; Suffrage: National Woman's Party; World Woman's Party; Other International Activities
A digital collection of thirteen issues of the newspaper, The Smasher's Mail, published by Carrie A. Nation, best known for her crusade against the liquor trade. Contains anti-alcohol essays and editorials, reprints of letters Nation received from supporters and opponents, half-tone illustrations, cartoons, and poetry devoted to the temperance and prohibition cause.
The Myra McHenry Papers digital collection contains 15 letters written to Myra McHenry between 1900 and 1907. The correspondents include Carry A. Nation, A. T. Ayres, Lucy Wilhoite, J. C. Rogers, and McHenry’s son, Cornell McHenry. The chief subject of the letters is temperance, but several include personal matters. An activist in the early temperance movement in Kansas, McHenry (1848-1939) staged street corner lectures, published a newspaper and many pamphlets, and was arrested frequently for her aggressive tactics.
A collection of primary (and some secondary) sources exploring women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Content from the collections of Harvard University.
Estelle Ishigo was an artist who was interned with her Japanese-American husband at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in Wyoming during World War II. The collection consists of over 100 drawings and sketches by her of camp life as well as some photographs.
Gertrude Sanford Legendre (1902–2000) was an American socialite who served as an OSS operative during World War II. The collection holds over 1,000 documents, letters, and photographs of her life. Collection housed by the College of Charleston.
Selected images issued by the U.S. government or by commercial sources during World War II, often to encourage women to join the work force or to highlight other aspects of the war effort. A list of additional resources is included. From the Library of Congress.
Collection consists of a forty-four page scrapbook belonging to an unidentified compiler, documenting the history of Fort Des Moines, Iowa, as a Women's Army Corps (WAC) training center, and the 404th Women's Army Corps band, the first African American female band in the United States military. The scrapbook contains 100 photographs. Collection housed by Duke University.
Album created by the US National Archives. This selection of 13 photographs from the Records of the Women's Bureau contains images depicting women and their contributions to the war effort during World War II.
The Voices of Feminism Oral History Project documents the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century. Collection held by Smith University. Includes the subjects of women's political activism, grassroots organization, and more. Includes transcripts of most, but not all, of the oral histories in the collections.