Women in the 19th Century: Further Reading

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Barry, David. Women and Political Insurgency: France in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Basingstoke, England: Macmillan Press, Ltd., 1996, 213 p.

Recounts the participation of French women in political and social rebellions from the 1789 Revolution through the 1870s.

Browne, Stephen Howard. Angelina Grimké. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University Press, 1999, 201 p.

Studies the social activism of Angelina Grimké, one of the first American women to publicly contest the institution of slavery and the social limitations placed on women.

Chadwick, Whitney. "Toward Utopia: Moral Reform and American Art in the Nineteenth Century." In Women, Art, and Society, pp. 191-209. London, England: Thames and Hudson, 1990.

Describes how American women in the first half of the nineteenth century increasingly used art as a means to show their support for social reform.

Clinton, Catherine. The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Hill and Wang, 1984, 212 p.

Provides a chronological study of the increasingly organized struggles American women fought in the nineteenth century to challenge traditional roles assigned to them and to gain access to a number of social and political rights.

——. The Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999, 364 p.

Examines the social activism of American women in the nineteenth century, concentrating on their efforts to secure domestic, educational, religious, legal, commercial, sexual, and political reforms.

Cole, Stephanie, and Alison M. Parker, eds. Women and the Unstable State in Nineteenth-Century America. College Station: TexasA&M University, 2000, 164 p.

Offers a collection of essays focusing on gender, political instability, and the centrality of marriage in the United States during the Civil War era.

Creese, Mary R. S. with contributions by Thomas M. Creese. Ladies in the Laboratory? American and British Women in Science, 1800-1900: A Survey of Their Contributions to Research. Lanham, Md.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1998, 452 p.

Surveys the scientific achievements of nineteenth-century women in Britain and the United States.

Delamont, Sara and Lorna Duffin, eds. The Nineteenth-Century Woman: Her Cultural and Physical World. London, England: Croom Helm, 1978, 213 p.

Provides a collection of seven essays that explore the historical context which defined the role and status of nineteenth-century women in the United States and Britain, especially in the areas of education, medicine, and social science.

Dorsey, Bruce. Reforming Men and Women: Gender in the Antebellum City. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2002, 299 p.

Presents a comparative analysis of the language and ideas of nineteenth-century reformers in order to offer a fresh interpretation of gender history in the United States.

Douglass, Frederick. Frederick Douglass on Women's Rights, edited by Philip S. Foner. New York: Da Capo Press, 1976, 190 p.

First collection of the writings and speeches of a "woman's rights man."

Epstein, Barbara Leslie. The Politics of Domesticity: Women, Evangelism and Temperance in Nineteenth-Century America. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1981, 188 p.

Studies the ways nineteenth-century women used religion and evangelism and the temperance movement to become aware of and express their increasing antagonism toward men.

Freeman, Jo. A Room at a Time: How Women Entered Party Politics. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000, 353 p.

Studies the political lives of American women, presenting two chapters dealing with the suffrage movement and other nineteenth-century reform organizations advocating women's rights.

Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1979, 770 p.

Concentrates on nineteenth-century representations of women in the works of women authors, including Jane Austen, Emily and Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Emily Dickinson.

——. Introduction to No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume I: The War of the Words, pp. 3-64. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1988.

Sets the stage for a discussion of twentieth-century gender debates in literature by detailing the roots of gender debates in the nineteenth century.

Ginzberg, Lori D. Women and the Work of Benevolence: Morality, Politics, and Class in the Nineteenth-Century United States. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1990, 230 p.

Study of the ideology of the superiority of female moral benevolence which underpinned most nineteenth-century reform movements led by middle-class American women.

Green, Harvey with the assistance of Mary-Ellen Perry. The Light of the Home: An Intimate View of the Lives of Women in Victorian America. New York: Pantheon Books, 1983, 204 p.

Examines the material possessions of women living in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, discussing what the belongings reveal about women's domestic lives and concerns.

Greer, Germaine. "The Nineteenth Century." In The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work, pp. 310-27. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1979.

Discusses the obstacles and condescension faced by female artists in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Groneman, Carol and Mary Beth Norton, eds. "To Toil the Livelong Day": America's Women At Work, 1780-1980. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1987, 313 p.

Includes six essays on issues related to the entrance of women into paid labor positions in the nineteenth century.

Hall, Catherine. "'The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-maker': the shop and the family in the Industrial Revolution." In White, Male and Middle-Class: Explorations in Feminism and History, pp. 108-23. Oxford, England: Polity Press, 1992.

Describes how changes brought on by the industrial revolution transformed the domestic and working lives of urban, middle-class women and their families between 1780 and 1850.

Hellerstein, Erna Olafson, Leslie Parker Hume, and Karen M. Offen, eds. Victorian Women: A Documentary Account of Women's Lives in Nineteenth-Century England, France, and the United States. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1981, 534 p.

Documentary collection of letters, diary entries, and newsprint articles by nineteenth-century women in England, France, and the United States that shed light on a broad range of issues and conditions faced by women in the 1800s.

Helsinger, Elizabeth K. and Robin Lauterbach Sheets and William Veeder. The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883, 3 Vols. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1983.

Examines the status of the Victorian woman in England and the United States; Volume I studies the Victorian ideal and idealization of woman; Volume II discusses legal, scientific, religious and workplace arguments about the nature, rights, and duties of women; Volume III focuses on the value and influence of literary works by women and the depiction of women in writings by women and men.

Jose, Jim. "Contesting Patrilineal Descent in Political Theory: James Mill and Nineteenth-Century Feminism." Hypatia 15, no. 1 (winter 2000): 151-74.

Argues against the claim that James Mill was an early feminist, saying this false interpretation does not help explain the source of the feminist sympathies of his noted son, the political philosopher John Stuart Mill.

Keetley, Dawn and John Pettegrew, eds. Public Women, Public Words: A Documentary History of American Feminism. Madison, Wis.: Madison House, 1997, 377 p.

Offers a collection of speeches, essays, and other writings by American women since the colonial period identifying gender inequities as social problems to be reformed.

Kleinberg, S. J. Women in the United States, 1830-1945. Basingstoke, England: Macmillan Press Ltd., 1999, 368 p.

Includes chapters discussing the economic activity, education, and domestic and religious life of white, black, and Indian women in the United States in the nineteenth century.

Leach, William. True Love and Perfect Union: The Feminist Reform of Sex and Society. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1980, 449 p.

Argues that the 1860s and 1870s were the apex of American feminism, decades in which women's rights advocates organized and rallied for an astonishingly broad range of private, public, and civic reforms.

Lerner, Gerda. The Feminist Thought of Sarah Grimké. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1998, 208 p.

Studies Sarah Grimké, an American pioneer against slavery and supporter of the empowerment of women.

Levine, Philippa. Feminist Lives in Victorian England: Private Roles and Public Commitment. Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell, Ltd., 1990, 241 p.

Analyzes the emergence of feminist discontent with private and public roles assigned to women in nineteenth-century England.

Logan, Shirley Wilson. With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women, edited by Shirley Wilson Logan. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1995, 169 p.

Offers a collection of speeches and essays by African-American women detailing and seeking reform of the many customs and laws that denied them basic rights.

Matthews, Glenna. "Just a Housewife": The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1987, 281 p.

Focuses on the evolving domestic roles of women in the nineteenth century.

McFadden, Margaret H. Golden Cables of Sympathy: The Transatlantic Sources of Nineteenth-Century Feminism. Lexington, Ky.: The University Press of Kentucky, 1999, 270 p.

Argues that transatlantic connections between American and European women existed much earlier in the nineteenth century than is generally assumed.

Mendus, Susan, and Jane Rendall, eds. Sexuality and Subordination: Interdisciplinary Studies of Gender in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Routledge, 1989, 260 p.

Provides a collection of essays that deal with the literary representations and sexual subordination of British and French women during the nineteenth century.

Pilato, Denise E. The Retrieval of a Legacy: Nineteenth-Century American Women Inventors. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2000, 232 p.

Showcases female inventors in the nineteenth century, concentrating on the cultural assumptions they had to overcome as women.

Roberts, Giselle. The Confederate Belle. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2003, 245 p.

Studies the domestic and social lives of southern slave-holding women during the Civil War era.

Rosenblum, Naomi. A History of Women Photographers. New York: Abbeville Press, 1994, 400 p.

Early chapters concentrate on the contributions by women to the new artistic medium of photography during the nineteenth century.

Sandler, Martin W. Against the Odds: Women Pioneers in The First Hundred Years of Photography. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2002, 188 p.

Details the enormous cultural obstacles that female photographers in the nineteenth century had to overcome to pursue their art.

Shepard, Suzanne V. The Patchwork Quilt: Ideas of Community in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Fiction. New York: Peter Lang, 2001, 171 p.

Examines the ways in which nineteenth-century American women authors conceived of community.

Shiman, Lilian Lewis. Women and Leadership in Nineteenth-Century England. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992, 263 p.

Studies the religious and social reform movements of English women during the nineteenth century, which culminated in their demand for political equality through enfranchisement.

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