These original biographical sketches provide an excellent introduction to both the contrasts and continuities of American women's experiences through nearly four centuries. Major subjects and themes emerge from the writings, including women's rights, suffrage, education, health, 'women's liberation, ' relations between the sexes, and marriage. An excellent resource for courses in American history, women's history, and social history, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives offers students a comprehensive and very human picture of women in American history.
The women in this volume are not well known, but their achievements are worth reading. Their profiles reveal details of women's lives, what was presumed of them, and what they accomplished within and around these expectations.--History Magazine
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Importance of 'Ordinary' Women's Lives Part 2 I. The Revolutionary Era and the Early Republic: Defining the American Woman Chapter 3 Rebecca Dickinson: A Life Alone in the Early Republic Chapter 4 Susanna Haswell Rowson: America's First Best-Selling Author Chapter 5 Sacagawea: A Historical Enigma Part 6 II. The Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Era of the Common Woman Chapter 7 Caroline Healey Dall: Transcendental Activist Chapter 8 Mary S. Gove Nichols: Making the Personal Political Chapter 9 Eliza Johnson Potter: Traveler, Entrepreneur, and Social Critic Chapter 10 Ada Adelaine Adams Vogdes: 'Follow the Drum' Chapter 11 Teresa E. Wooldridge Ivey: Constructing an Ideal Southern Lady Part 12 III. The Late Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries: Inventing The New Woman Chapter 13 Gertrude Osterhout: 'I Am Independent' Chapter 14 Margaret Olivia Slocum, 'Mrs. Russell Sage': Private Griefs and Public Duties Chapter 15 Nellie Wiegel: 'How About That?!' Chapter 16 Ah Cum Kee and Loy Lee Ford: Between Two Worlds Chapter 17 Catherine Kenny: Fighting for the Perfect Thirty-Sixth Part 18 IV. World War II and Beyond: Women Challenging Modern America Chapter 19 Willie Webb: One Woman's Struggle for Civil Rights during World War II Chapter 20 Ethel Thomas Herold: Doing 'Women's Work' in a Philippines at War Chapter 21 Betty Flanagan Bumpers: An 'Ordinary Mother' Dedicated to Peace Chapter 22 Margarita 'Mago' Orona Gandara: Frontera Muralist/Artist Chapter 23 About the Contributors Chapter 24 Index