Anne Boylan

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Anne M. Boylan is an historian of the nineteenth-century United States and of women and gender, and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Women and Gender Studies.  A graduate of Mundelein College (BA 1968) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD 1973), she has published articles in The Journal of American History, American Quarterly, The Journal of the Early Republic, and other scholarly journals.  Her books are Sunday School: The Formation of an American Institution, 1790-1880 (Yale University Press, 1988); The Origins of Women’s Activism: New York and Boston, 1797-1840 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) and Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press, 2014).  She is currently researching the production of popular versions of women’s history in the 19th and 20th –century United States.  She has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Radcliffe Research Scholars Program; the Hagley Museum and Library; the Western Association of Women Historians; the American Association for State and Local History; the Middle States Council for the Social Studies; and the University of Delaware.



  • The Origins of Women’s Activism, New York and Boston, 1797-1840 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002; paperback edition, 2002)
  • Sunday School: The Formation of an American Institution, 1790-1880 (Yale University Press, 1988; paperback edition, 1990)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Claiming Visibility: Women in Public/Public Women in the United States, 1865-1910,” in Becoming Visible: Women in View in Late Nineteenth-Century America, ed. Janet Floyd, Alison Eastman and R. J. Ellis (Rodopi, 2010)
  • “Benevolence and Antislavery Activity among African-American Women in New York and Boston, 1820-1840,” in The Abolitionist Sisterhood: Women's Political Culture in Antebellum America, ed. Jean Fagan Yellin and John Van Horne (Cornell University Press, 1994)
  • “Women and Politics in the Era before Seneca Falls,” Journal of the Early Republic, October 1990
  • “Growing Up Female in Young America (1800-1865),” in American Childhood: A Research Guide and Historical Handbook, ed. Joseph Hawes and N. Ray Hiner, (Greenwood, 1985)
  • “Women in Groups: An Analysis of Women's Benevolent Organizations in New York and Boston, 1797-1840,” Journal of American History, December 1984

Links to Publications

  • The Origins of Women’s Activism
  • Sunday School

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