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Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents

Anne Boylan
Published on: July 30, 2015

Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents by Anne M. Boylan, Professor of History and of Women and Gender Studies, uses a diverse collection of documents – including manifestos, letters, diaries, cartoons, broadsides, legal and court records, poems, satires, advertisements, petitions, photographs, leaflets, maps, posters, autobiographies, and newspapers – to examine major themes in the history of women’s rights and women’s rights movements in the U.S. The documents encompass the experiences of women from a wide range of racial, ethnic, class, economic, sexual, marital, and social groups. The book covers such topics as organized social movements; changing definitions of rights and different women’s access to rights; divisions among women within women’s rights movements; global contexts for women’s rights activism; and the question of what it means for women and men to be “equal.”Each chapter includes an introductory essay, and each document has a headnote or long caption. A picture essay illuminates how both suffragists and anti-suffragists employed cartooning to articulate their political positions.

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