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Anne M. Boylan taught at the University of Delaware for 30 years before retiring in 2016. She is now Professor Emerita of History and Women and Gender Studies at UD. After receiving the PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, she taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of New Mexico, before coming to Delaware in 1985. A social historian of the United States, she does research and writes on women's history, social and cultural history, voluntary associations, and religion. She is the author of scholarly articles and four books: 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); Women's Rights in the United States: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press 2016); and Votes for Delaware Women (forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press). Boylan has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She was recently inducted into the Society of American Historians. She currently serves as the contract historian for the Congressional Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission and state coordinator for the Delaware suffragists included in the online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. She is the guest curator for the UD Library's Special Collections exhibit "Votes for Delaware Women," February-June, 2020.
Women's Rights in the United States A History in Documents (Oxford University Press, 2015)
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)
“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
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